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Flu shots available in Northeast TN and Southwest VA

Published On: Jan 13 2014 12:49:19 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 13 2014 01:13:04 PM CST
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Free flu vaccinations are available in Washington County, Tennessee, along with four counties in Southwest Virginia.

The Virginia Department of Health has free flu shots available at the following locations for anyone over three years of age:

Buchanan County Health Department in Grundy, VA
Wednesdays and Fridays
8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Dickenson County Health Department in Clintwood, VA
Tuesdays and Thursdays
8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Russell County Health Department in Lebanon, VA
Tuesdays and Fridays
8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Tazewell County Health Department in Tazewell, VA
Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The Washington County/Johnson City Health Department is also working to protect the entire community by providing free flu vaccinations to area residents until vaccine supplies are depleted. A flu vaccine clinic, for individuals 19 years and older will be held at the health department on Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm. Appointments are not necessary for this clinic. The clinic is designed to allow people to be able to get in and out quickly.

"Vaccination is the best protection against the flu, and the Washington County/Johnson City Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone six months of age and older get a flu vaccine every year," said Amanda McElyea, nursing director. "It takes about two weeks to be protected after you get the flu vaccine, so we want everyone who hasn’t had their flu vaccine to get it now."

The flu vaccine will be provided at no charge to patients. The clinic is located at 219 Princeton Road. For more information on flu vaccine, please call 423-975-2200.