TOP PHOTO:  Zackary Kitts received his free flu shot on Tuesday at the La Follette Library Gym.

Members of the Campbell County Health Department were out in full force on Tuesday.   (Front left to right)  Bertha Hatmaker, Amanda Walden, Twylla Green, Michele Lynch, Chelsea Sharp.  (Back left to right)  Shannon Carroll, Casey Terry, Terri Woodward, Barbara Milton, Kelly Norman.

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Health care professionals all agree, the flu is not for you.  They recommend  the first steps to take to avoid the flu are to regularly wash your hands and get a flu shot.  Free flu shots were administered on Tuesday at the Campbell County Health Department and the La Follette Public Library.

“Getting a flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, your family and others from the flu and help keep our community healthy,” said Campbell County Health Department Director Charles Turner. ”The flu can make you very sick, keep you away from work, school and other activities, put you in the hospital or even take your life. We urge everyone in Campbell County who has not received a flu shot yet to get one now, and this event is a great time to do it.”

Seasonal influenza activity is spreading in Campbell County and across Tennessee and is expected to continue for months, so it’s important for anyone over six months of age who hasn’t had a flu shot this flu season to get one now. The flu vaccine is especially important for infants, young children, pregnant women, adults over age 50 and those with chronic medical conditions. The flu shot remains the best protection against influenza.

For more information about the flu and getting a flu vaccine, contact a health care provider, call the Campbell County Health Department at 423-562-8351 or visit HERE.    (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/20/2019-6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF WLAF’S CHARLIE HUTSON)