Metro Health Department Out Of Flu Vaccinations
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Metro Public Health Department has run out of the flu vaccine after administering all 10,000 of their doses to Davidson County residents.
Many health departments in Tennessee have begun offering free flu shots in the hopes that more people will get vaccinated.
Some health departments began offering the free shots on Friday, including the Metro Nashville Public Health Department, following a request by Tennessee Health Commissioner, John Dreyzehner, MD, for county health departments to offer the vaccine at no charge.
"We began offering flu vaccine at all three of our walk-in clinics in September and are very proud that since then 10,000 community members have been vaccinated and are now better protected against the flu," said Brian Todd, spokesman for the health department.
The number of flu cases has risen in the last few weeks, and the virus has killed 12 people in Middle Tennessee. Health officials said flu season will continue through February, so it's not too late to get a shot.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that this year's vaccine is a good match for the flu strains currently circulating in the U.S.
"In all the lab test being done a lot of the flu they're confirming is H1N1, and the good news is that is in the vaccine," said Todd.
Tennessee Department of Health officials said too many people get sick or die from influenza every year due to avoiding vaccination because of myths and misunderstandings. The two most common rumors are that getting immunized will give you the flu and that influenza vaccines aren't effective.
Officials with Metro Health said they still had over 1,500 dosed on Monday, but those have since run out.
There were no plans to order additional flu vaccine. Anyone who wants to get a flu shot in the county should contact their doctor, or visit any of the pharmacies and walk-in clinics in the area who may still have the vaccine.