Shelby County Health Department to offer flu vaccines starting Monday

Local Health Alert
Ana Martinez

FILE – In this Jan. 12, 2018, file photo, a medical assistant at a community health center gives a patient a flu shot in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

(SHELBY COUNTY HEALTH DEPT. NEWS RELEASE) – On Monday, September 23, 2019, the Shelby County Health Department will begin offering influenza vaccine at the Immunization Clinic at 814 Jefferson and at all six public health clinics located around Shelby County.

Influenza can cause serious illness and even death among persons who are otherwise healthy. Each year, tens of thousands of deaths are attributed to influenza. There were an estimated 80,000 deaths in the United States last flu season, and 160 deaths due to flu in Tennessee during the 2018-2019 flu season.

Vaccination against the influenza virus is recommended for anyone over the age of 6 months. Everyone is at risk, especially during influenza season, which usually runs from October to May each year, with the most cases in our region usually reported in February.

Certain groups of people are especially vulnerable to influenza and are strongly advised to get the vaccine:

  • Children younger than 5 years of age –especially those younger than 2 years old– are at high risk of serious flu-related complications. The flu vaccine can protect them from the flu virus and prevent them from spreading it to others.
  • Women who are currently pregnant or plan to become pregnant during the flu season are at increased risk of flu complications and should get the vaccine.
  • Caregivers of children age 5 and younger and household contacts and caregivers of adults with medical conditions that put them at increased risk.

The flu vaccine is especially recommended for people with certain health conditions including:

  • Chronic lung diseases, including asthma
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Immunosuppression due to medication or illness
  • Obesity

Getting a flu shot also helps protect those in our community who can’t get the vaccination, such as babies under 6 months of age and people with a severe allergy to the vaccine.

The flu vaccine will be available at all Shelby County Health Department clinics listed below starting on Monday, September 23, 2019, during the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at most locations. Note: 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, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 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
  • Shelby Crossing Public Health Clinic
  • 6170 Macon Road, 38133
  • Southland Mall Public Health Clinic
  • 1287 Southland Mall, 38116

For more information about influenza and the flu vaccine, visit our website: www.shelbytnhealth.com.

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