Metro Public Health Department offering free flu vaccines

This school year, we’ve been trying to help our students with circumstances outside of school that affect their attendance. These efforts include preventing illness in both our students and staff so that kids are in class and do not have to miss school. Metro Public Health officials announced last Thursday, Sept. 22, that they received their flu vaccine shipment and will began offering flu shots at all three Health Department’s locations. The following information was received from the Metro Public Health Department.

The Metro Public Health Department will not offer the “nasal spray” flu vaccine this year following the CDC’s announcement that the nasal spray vaccine should not be used during the 2016-2017 flu season.

Flu shots are offered for a $25, and TennCare and Medicare Part B are accepted. You can receive a vaccine Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the following Health Department locations:

  • East Health Center 1015 East Trinity Lane
  • Woodbine Health Center 224 Oriel Avenue
  • Lentz Health Center 2500 Charlotte Avenue.

According to the Health Department, it’s especially important for the following groups to get vaccinated because they either have a high risk of contracting serious flu-related complications or they live with or care for people at who have a high risk for developing flu-related complications:

  • Pregnant women
  • People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
  • Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
  • People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  • People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
  • Health care workers
  • Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
  • Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)

For more information about flu shots, please call 615-340-5616 option 8, or visit the Health Department’s website at