The Metro Public Health Department has announced plans to offer free flu shots this week as part of a statewide effort to offer better protection against getting the virus.
The shots would be offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at a special walk-in clinic at the Lentz Health Center.
Health officials said free flu shots are available on a walk-in basis from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday – Friday at all three Health Department locations:
- East Health Center, 1015 East Trinity Lane
- Lentz Health Center, 2500 Charlotte Avenue
- Woodbine Health Center, 224 Oriel Avenue
Emergency rooms saw the highest level of flu-like symptoms this flu season just this past week, according to officials.
The CDC recommends annual flu vaccination for everyone over the age of six months.
While officials said getting a seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to prevent the flu, you can take these everyday actions to reduce the spread of germs:
- Wash your hands. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes.
- Practice a healthy lifestyle by managing stress, getting enough sleep, being physically active, eating nutritious food, and drinking plenty of fluids.
- If you have the flu, stay home from work or school and keep your distance from others.
For more information call the Metro Public Health Department at 615-340-5616 or visit their website.