– Flu vaccinations are now available to the public at Greeneville Urgent Care.
If you pay cash, there is a discounted rate of $20, according to Jeannie Woolsey, director of Greeneville Urgent Care and Occupational Medicine Clinic at Takoma Adventist Hospital. Insurance also can be filed.
Appointments are not necessary. Clinic hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
“If you are an individual wanting a flu shot, you should come to Urgent Care,” Woolsey said. “If you are an employee sent by your company, you should come to Occupational Medicine. They’re both located in the same building.”
Influenza – or the flu – is a highly contagious disease that spreads from infected people to the nose or throat of others. Symptoms include a fever, sore throat, chills, fatigue, cough, headache and muscle aches.
“For some, such as those with heart or breathing conditions, the flu can be deadly,” Woolsey said. “The flu kills about 36,000 people a year, mostly the elderly.”
Flu shots are recommended for people at high risk for complications from influenza, including all children 6-23 months of age; those 65 or older; residents of long-term care facilities housing those with chronic medical conditions; those with long-term health problems, such as heart disease, asthma and lung disease; those with weakened immune systems; those between 6 months and 18 years of age on long-term aspirin therapy; and women who will be pregnant during flu season, which peaks in February.
It also is recommended to caretakers of infants up to 23 months of age, healthcare workers, and those 50-64 who want to reduce their chance of catching the flu.
Children younger than 9 getting the flu shot for the first time should get two doses, at least one month apart, Woolsey noted.
“We recommend that the flu shot be taken in October or November,” Woolsey said.
Who shouldn’t get the vaccine? “Anyone with severe, life-threatening allergies,” she said. “Influenza vaccine virus is grown in eggs, so those with severe egg allergies shouldn’t get it,” Woolsey said. “And, if you are moderately to severely ill, you shouldn’t get the shot till you’re better.”
Only mild reactions are usually reported from the flu shot, Woolsey noted. “Most people only experience mild soreness at the injection site,” she said.
For more information, please contact the Clinic at 636-8891. The facility is located at 1744 E. Andrew Johnson Highway.