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Free flu shots offered November 19

Write yourself a reminder. Free flu shots will be offered on Monday, November 19 in Wiseman Park from 1-4 p.m. (File Photo)

LOCAL NEWS — According to the state, seasonal influenza cases are already increasing across the state and they are encouraging citizens to get their flu vaccination sooner rather that later. As such, Tennessee county health departments – including the Moore County Health Department – will hold special “Fight Flu TN” flu vaccine events in all 95 Tennessee counties on November 19 to increase the number of people vaccinated across Tennessee.

The Tennessee Department of Health and Moore County Health Department will offer all Moore County residents free flu shots on Monday, November 19 at Moorehead Pavilion inside Wiseman Park from 1-4 p.m. No appointments are necessary.

“It’s important for everyone in Tennessee to get a flu vaccine, as we’ve seen an increase in seasonal flu activity in Tennessee in recent weeks and expect it to be around for many more,” said Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey, MD, MBA, FAAP. “Vaccination is still the best protection we have against this serious and potentially deadly illness.” 

TDH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend a yearly flu vaccine for everyone ages six months and older. It’s especially important for pregnant women to get flu shots to protect themselves and their unborn children, as flu is more likely to cause severe illness in pregnant women.

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. If you suspect you or someone in your family has the flu, call your health care provider for advice.

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.

For more information, visit the TDH Fight Flu website or contact the Moore County Health Department at 931-759-4251. •

{The Lynchburg Times is the only independently owned and operated newspaper in Lynchburg, Tennessee. We cover Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}

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