Monday, January 5, 2015

FREE FLU VACCINE BEGINNING TUESDAY

Extended Hours Tuesday ONLY


Memphis Public Library
MEMPHIS – In cooperation with the Tennessee Department of Health and in light of the increased activity of influenza-like illnesses in the community, free flu vaccine will be available beginning Tuesday, Jan. 6, at ALL Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) clinics while supplies last during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).   

Additionally, select clinics (see below) will offer extended hours ONLY on Tuesday, Jan. 6, until 6 p.m. 

Annual vaccination against influenza is recommended for everyone six months and older, including school-aged children, who want to reduce the risk of becoming ill or transmitting it to others. The vaccine is especially recommended for the following persons who are at increased risk for severe complications associated with influenza:

Pregnant women
People 50 years of age and older
People of any age with chronic medical conditions, including asthma and other lung diseases, heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes
People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from influenza, including:
*  Health care workers
*  Household contact of persons at high risk for complications from influenza
*  Household contacts and caregivers of children less than six months of age

Help protect against the spread of influenza by doing the following:
Clean:            Properly wash hands frequently with warm, soapy water; disinfect surfaces.
Cover:            Cover your cough and sneeze into a disposable tissue or arm.
Contain:         Stay home from school/work when sick to keep germs from spreading.   

If an individual experiences flu-like symptoms, they should contact their health care provider.  Symptoms include: fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater; headache, fatigue, cough, muscle aches, and sore throat.

Millington Clinic                  Immunization Clinic                                   Shelby Crossing Clinic
8225 Highway 51 N.            814 Jefferson Ave., Room 216                  6170 Macon Road

Southland Mall Clinic        Collierville Clinic
1215 Southland Mall           167 Washington