The Tennessee Department of Health is urging all Tennesseans who have not yet received a flu shot this flu season to get one as soon as possible, as seasonal influenza cases are increasing across the state. Tennessee county health departments are holding special “Fight Flu TN” flu vaccine events in every county today to increase the number of people vaccinated across Tennessee.
The event in Hamblen County is at the Talley Ward Recreation Center in Morristown from 2:30pm to 5:30pm on November 19. No appointments are needed to receive a flu shot during these events.
TDH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend a yearly flu vaccine for everyone ages six months and older.
Most people with the flu will experience symptoms such as fever, cough, congestion and body aches, and will recover on their own after about a week. However, infants, the elderly and people with certain medical conditions are at highest risk of severe complications from the flu.
The flu virus is highly contagious, so it’s important for people who are sick to stay home and avoid contact with others until their symptoms have resolved to help prevent further spread of the illness. This includes staying away from work, school and other public places while ill.
Follow these additional tips to protect your family and others from the flu:
*Use “respiratory etiquette” by coughing into your elbow or a tissue instead of your hands.
*Wash hands frequently with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand rub.
*Routine cleaning and disinfection in the home and workplace are important to reduce flu risks.