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The inevitable end of summer has many thinking about taking precautions against the upcoming influenza season.

The Metro Public Health Department announced that it will begin offering flu shots on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at all three of its health centers.

Health department officials say they have 12,000 doses of the vaccine, which protects against this year's seasonal flu as well as the H1N1 influenza virus.

The shots will be distributed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., for $20. The health department also accepts Medicare Part B and TennCare for the vaccine.

The vaccines are available for anyone, but health officials encourage those at high risk for developing flu-related complications to receive a shot, including pregnant women, people with certain chronic medical conditions, children younger than five and health care workers.

Flu season typically begins in Nashville in late December or early January.

The health centers are as follows: Lentz Health Center, 311 23rd Ave. North; East Health Center, 1015 East Trinity Lane; and Woodbine Health Center, 224 Oriel Ave.

The annual Flu Shot Fast Track Clinic at the Lentz Health Center is set for Oct. 17 through 21.

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