MEMPHIS, Tenn. — It’s time again to get a flu shot.
The vaccine is available at no cost to those with health insurance and on a sliding fee scale for those without insurance.
The flu vaccine is available at all Shelby County Health Department clinics from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. (The Collierville clinic is only open on Tuesday and Thursday.)
No appointment is necessary at any of these public health clinics:
- Cawthon Public Health Clinic
- 1000 Haynes, 38114
- Collierville Public Health Clinic
- (Tuesday and Thursday Only, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
- 167 Washington St., 38017
- Hickory Hill Public Health Clinic
- 6590 Kirby Center Cove, 38118
- Immunization Clinic
- 814 Jefferson, Rm. 216, 38105
- Millington Public Health Clinic
- 8225 Highway 51 North, 38053
- Southland Mall Public Health Clinic
- 1287 Southland Mall, 38116
- Shelby Crossing Public Health Clinic
- 1826 Sycamore View Road, 38134
A flu vaccine is recommended for anyone over the age of 6 months. Influenza season usually runs from October to May each year, with most cases in the area usually reported in February.
The following groups of people are considered especially vulnerable and are strongly advised to get the vaccine:
- Children younger than 5 years of age, especially those younger than 2 years old
- Women who are currently pregnant or plan to become pregnant
- Caregivers of children aged 5 and younger and household contacts
- Caregivers of adults with medical conditions which could put them at risk
The flu vaccine is especially recommended for people with certain health conditions including:
- Chronic lung diseases, including asthma
- Heart disease
- Immunosuppression due to medication or illness
Getting a flu shot also helps protect those who can’t get the vaccination, such as babies under 6 months of age and people with a severe allergy to the vaccine.
For more information about influenza and the flu vaccine, go to www.shelbytnhealth.com.