It is not too late to get vaccinated. If you have not been vaccinated, shs strongly encourages you to receive the vaccine to protect yourself and others.
Flu vaccination is safe, effective and recommended for anyone six months of age or older. It is especially important for those at higher risk of complications, including pregnant women, young children, people with chronic illnesses and/or compromised immune systems and the elderly. The CDC also recommends all health care workers become vaccinated each year to protect themselves and their patients.
Some tips to help protect against the spread of influenza include:
- Clean: Properly wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water; disinfect surfaces.
- Cover: Cover your cough and sneeze into a disposable tissue or your arm.
- Contain: Stay home from school/work when you are sick to keep your 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
- Muscle aches
- Sore throat
Flu vaccines are available at no cost and with minimal wait time at all of the Shelby County Health Department clinics. Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday unless otherwise specified.
Hickory Hill Clinic
6590 Kirby Center Cove
8225 Highway 51 N.
814 Jefferson Ave, Room 216
Shelby Crossing Clinic
6170 Macon Road
Southland Mall Clinic
1215 Southland Mall-Inside Mall
(901) 222-9828 (M-F, 9-5)
(Tue. Th., 8- 4:30 p.m.)
In addition to these clinics, flu shots, for a fee, can be obtained from places like the Shot Nurse, 4637 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, 901-685-9999, your primary care provider's office, many Walgreen's stores and walk-in clinics. Also, UofM students, faculty and staff can use flushot.healthmap.org, an online vaccine locator, to find a location that offers flu vaccination.