Tennessee providing free flu shots at county health departments on Nov. 19

Posted at 1:10 PM, Nov 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-12 14:10:05-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health is offering free flu shots in every county in an effort to prevent the “twindemic” of both COVID-19 and influenza.

Especially with the ongoing pandemic, doctors say it is more important than ever to do what we can to stop the spread of the flu.

TDH officials say free flu shots will be administered at every county health department in the state on Nov. 19. No appointments are needed, but event hours and details vary from county to county. Click here for more information.

“Vaccination is still the best protection we have against this serious and potentially deadly illness, and I strongly encourage everyone to get a flu shot this year, even if you normally don’t get one,” said Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey, MD, MBA, FAAP.

TDH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend a yearly flu vaccine for everyone ages six months and older. Health officials said it’s especially important for women who are pregnant to get vaccinated because the flu is more likely to cause severe illness in pregnant women.

The flu shot takes about two weeks to become fully effective, so if you haven’t gotten yours yet, you’re encouraged to do so as soon as possible.