Metro Health Department opens annual fast track flu clinic - WKRN News 2

Metro Health Department opens annual fast track flu clinic

Posted: Updated: Sep 24, 2012 05:42 PM

The Metro Public Health Department opened its annual fast track flu clinic on Monday.

In years past, the clinic would take place in late October, but this year health officials are gearing up for an early flu season.

Officials told Nashville's News 2 receiving the flu shot early is especially important for people who have a chronic illness, transplant patients and elderly ages 65 and older.

"I had a kidney transplant five years ago, so it's every year I have to have the flu shot," said John Hardntt who was receiving the shot.

According to officials, this year's flu shot protects from three strains of the virus, including H1N1.

Health officials said they urge people to go ahead and take the vaccination.

Upon receiving the vaccination, it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to fully protect recipients.

"This year we're doing it a month early, and that's because we received our full shipment of flu vaccine.  The CDC says if you have it, go ahead and offer it.  It is especially important to get it into the hands of people that have a risk of getting a severe sickness like pneumonia," explained Metro Health Department spokesperson Brain Todd.

The health department will offer the fast track flu clinic through Friday, from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m.

After Friday, the flu shot will be available in the health department's clinic during normal business hours.

The cost for the flu shot is $20.

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