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Metro health department offering free flu shots to walk-ins

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The Metro Public Health Department is offering free flu shots on a walk-in basis beginning Wednesday at all three health centers.

The doses come as the Tennessee Department of Health released the remaining flu vaccines to the state's county health departments.

The shots are available at the following locations: East Health Center, at 1015 East Trinity Lane; Woodbine Health Center, at 224 Oriel Ave.; and Lentz Health Center, at 311 23rd Ave. North.

At the Lentz Health Center, shots are available from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

And shots are available at the East and Woodbine health centers from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

County health officials remind the public that according to the CDC, everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine each year.

They say it's especially important that the following groups get vaccinated:

• 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)

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