The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared flu activity widespread in 43 of 50 states, including Tennessee.
In an effort to guard against the flu, the Warren County Health Department is offering free flu vaccinations to area residents at its facility at 1401 Sparta Street. Free flu shots are available while supplies last.
The free shots are being offered after flu activity has intensified. The Tennessee Department of Health reports six children have died from flu complications this flu season, including three in December.
Dr. Don Arnold, a pediatric emergency room doctor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, says there have been "hundreds and hundreds of cases of influenza in children this season."
Doctors recommend washing hands and not touching eyes, hands and nose after interacting with those who may be sick.
“Vaccination is the best protection against the flu and the Warren County Health Department, the Tennessee Department of Health, and the CDC recommend everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine every year,” said Andrea Fox, director of the Warren County Health Department. “It takes about two weeks to be protected after you get the flu vaccine so we want everyone who hasn’t had their flu shot to get one right away.”
Appointments must be made to receive the free flu vaccine and those appointments are now being scheduled. Both adults and children may receive the free flu vaccine. Call 473-8468 to schedule your appointment. Hours are Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
22 million school days and 17 million work days are lost due to the common cold in the US.“Returning to our normal routine often means that we will have increased interaction with people, which means an increased opportunity to pick up harmful viruses,” explained Dr. Richard Powers, Medical Director for Fast Pace Urgent Care. “In fact, 80 percent of cold and flu germs are spread through touching contaminated surfaces or sharing close contact with others who are ill. The flu is an extremely contagious virus that spreads easily to others and can cause serious health issues.”