Free flu shots available at 7 clinics across Shelby County
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Shelby County health officials want to keep you protected this flu season.
Flu shots from the Shelby County Health Department will begin being administered Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Seven clinics across Shelby County will be offering free flu vaccines.
- SCHD Immunization Clinic | 814 Jefferson Ave.
- Cawthon Clinic | 100 Haynes
- Collierville Clinic | 167 Washington St.
- Hickory Hill Clinic | 6590 Kirby Crt. Cove
- Millington Clinic | 8225 Highway 51 N.
- Shelby Crossing Clinic | 1826 Sycamore View Rd.
- Southland Mall Clinic | 1287 Southland Mall
You don’t need an appointment just drive up and prepare to roll up your sleeve.
We are in the thick of flu season across the nation right now. As of last Friday, the CDC reported there have been more than a million flu cases, 13,000 hospitalizations and more than 700 deaths from the flu in the U.S. this season.
Shelby County is seeing the same trend. Just last week, the Shelby County Health Department reported nearly 90 cases across the county. As of Tuesday, there have been close to 20 cases reported just this week.
But this is not the only health concern right now across the nation. Health officials are also battling RSV, and still -- COVID-19. While there’s no vaccine for children battling RSV, health officials say ages 6 months old or older should get vaccinated against the flu and COVID-19 to help them stay healthy.
“You talk to the pediatric ERs at our hospital or any others around town and their waiting room is full of people with flu-like illness,” explained Baptist Medical Director for Infectious Disease, Dr. Steve Threlkeld. “That could become, in the coming months of two, if people aren’t vaccinated against COVID and the flu, could be a situation that just takes us to places that are very uncomfortable that we haven’t had to deal with.”
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