The Chester County Health Department participated in the statewide Fight Flu ’23 effort on Nov. 1, 2023, providing free flu shots to all Tennesseans who are eligible, six-months and older.
‘’We want to protect as many people as we can in our communities from the flu,” County Director, Emily Rushing, MPH, CPH said. “Getting an annual flu shot is the best way to protect yourself and everyone around you.”
Chester County Health Department provided free flu shots from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 1, 2023, at Chester County Health Department, 301 Quinco Drive, Henderson, TN 38340.
An appointment was not needed to receive a free flu vaccine at the Chester County Health Department’s Fight Flu ’23 event. Also, the flu vaccine remains free to anyone eligible to receive it at all local health departments across the state throughout flu season.
The flu vaccine is safe and effective and can protect individuals against the most common types of flu, and the virus’s worst symptoms and outcomes.
The flu virus is very contagious. Pregnant women, infants, the elderly, and people with certain medical conditions are at the highest risk of severe complications from the flu. Annually, more than 7.5 million illnesses, 400,000 hospitalizations, and 22,000 deaths could be prevented in the U.S. if more people chose to get the flu vaccine.
To prevent spreading the flu virus to others, follow precautions such as proper hygiene and handwashing, cover your coughs or sneezes with a tissue or your elbow, and stay home if you are sick.
For more information about the flu virus and Fight Flu ‘23, visit tn.gov/health/fightflu. For information about getting a free flu shot, contact the Chester County Health Department at 989-7108.