Free flu vaccine now available at the County Health Department

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

By all accounts, this year’s flu season has hit the southeastern United States and Tennessee hard.

The Marshall County Health Department is offering flu vaccines at no charge to patients in order to try and head off more infections.

“Getting a flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, family members and others from the flu and help keep our community healthy,” said Marshall County Health Director Angie Faulkner in a press release. ”We urge everyone who has not received a flu shot yet, to get one now.”

The Tennessee Department of Health has so far reported four deaths, three children and a pregnant woman, directly caused by this year’s H3N2 strain of the virus.

The state does not classify flu cases as a reportable illness, so no definite numbers on the number of Tennesseans is available.

Maury County schools delayed their return from Christmas break by several days, in part because of high numbers of students reported by doctors as suffering from flu and flu-like symptoms.

The department suggests that anyone over six months of age get the vaccine.

Flu is particularly dangerous for younger residents, people with existing chronic conditions, and people over the age of 50.

The department is accepting walk-in patients wanting the vaccine at their Legion Drive location in Lewisburg during regular office hours until their supply is exhausted.

The Health Department recommends the following:

•Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer

•Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing

•Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

•Stay home if you are sick

For more information about the flu and free flu vaccines, call the Marshall County Health Department at 931-359-1551.