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Flu clinics in the Tennessee Valley ahead of flu season

It’s almost that time of year again. Flu season is just around the corner. Health officials remind us every year the best protection against the virus is to get a flu shot.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine. The vaccination is especially important for those at high risk of seriousĀ complications from the flu, including children younger than 5, adults 65 and older, pregnant women, residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, and people with chronic medical conditions.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says everyone should be vaccinated before the end of October.Ā They recommend parents have their children get the flu shot, versus the nasal spray, stating that the shot is more effective. However, the CDC reports the nasal spray is now more effective than it was the past two years, and is back to saying it can be used for children.

The following is a list of free flu clinics available across the Tennessee Valley:

MADISON COUNTY

  • Saturday, October 20
    • Downtown Huntsville Library, front entrance
    • 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    • 915 Monroe St SW, Huntsville, AL 35801
    • If you have health insurance, bring your insurance card.
    • Free vouchers will be available for individuals without health insurance.
    • Flu shots are available for individuals 7 years and older.
    • Anyone under 18 years old must have a guardian present.
    • Flu mist will not be available at this clinic.
  • Tuesday, October 23
    • District 5
    • Huntsville Police Department South Precinct
    • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    • 7900 Bailey Cove Road SE, Huntsville AL 35802
    • There is no out of pocket cost, but participants are asked to bring their insurance cards.
  • Friday, October 26
    • Madison County Health Department
    • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    • 301 Max Luther Drive NW, Huntsville, AL 35811
    • There is no out of pocket cost, but participants are asked to bring their insurance cards.

 

We will continue to update this list as more flu clinics are scheduled.