Drive-through flu shots provide convenience and peace of mind for Hamilton Co. residents

Hamilton County residents take advantage of free and convenient flu shots. (Courtesy: WTVC)

Hamilton County residents took advantage of free and convenient flu shots as the flu season and holiday season creep closer.

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department is urging everyone to get vaccinated after a 2017-2018 flu season that saw 16 consecutive weeks of epidemic levels according to the CDC.

On December 5th, the Health Department set up a drive-through in Red Bank to administer free flu shots.

"We want people to come out now and get their flu vaccine so they can be better protected later on when the flu really gets into full force," Registered Nurse Diane Jones tells NewsChannel 9.

Jones says peak flu season is hard to identify but usually falls sometime between December and March.

The vaccine is designed to prevent those who receive it from "coming down with the flu."

Rick Smith gets vaccinated every year to keep his grandchildren from getting sick.

Smith's grandchildren range in age from 3 to 13 months old.

Jones recommends "a flu vaccine starting at six months old and older."

Health Department officials say it's important for infants, young children, pregnant women, people over the age of 50, and those with chronic medical conditions to get vaccinated.

The drive-through flu prevention ended at 6 p.m. December 5th but the Health Department is continuing its efforts to vaccinate the community.

You can walk-in or make an appointment at any local health department location for your vaccination.

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