Nashville Residents Line Up For Free Flu Shots
by Emily Luxen
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Flu fears prompted a big crowd to fill the waiting room at Meharry Medical College's Community Clinic, and wait for the chance to get a free flu shot.
The clinic, which is located in the 12 South neighborhood, is run by students under the supervision of Meharry Medical College faculty physicians. The clinic was opened to give students a place to train for their future careers, and provide free health care to Nashville's underserved populations. All services provided are free.
Thursday evening, most patients expressed concerns about the flu. The clinic started giving out the free flu shots in the Fall, and the response has been strong.
"Today alone we've had over 50 phone calls about flu shots," said Veronica Ralls, Co-Executive Director of the clinic. "People are just concerned about being protected from the virus this season."
Ralls said a flu shot is still the best defense against the flu, and it isn't too late to get one.
"It's never too late," said Ralls. "We are seeing a lot of people come in just for the flu shot."
The clinic is open every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. It is located at 1501 12th Avenue South. Students will continue to give out free flu shots to anyone who needs one.