Community members voice their opinions on getting the flu vaccine
JACKSON, TN (WNBJ) - Flu season is upon us and the local health department in Jackson is encouraging the community to get their flu vaccine.
As the seasons begin to change, flu shots have become available at many locations in the hub city. Many Jacksonians share their thoughts on getting the flu vaccine.
“Centers for Disease Control recommends that everyone gets their flu shot before the end of October, so we are in mid-October so now is definitely the time to come in and get your flu shot,” said Mallory Cooke, the Public Information Officer with the Jackson-Madison Co. Regional Health Department.
The Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department says you need to call and schedule an appointment to receive the flu shot.
“CDC recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu shot every year. If you got the flu shot, you are less likely to have a severe case,” said Cooke.
One resident in Jackson says even though needles can be a bit scary getting the flu shot is for the greater good.
“As the community reopens after COVID and we are doing more community events and things like that. I do plan on getting a flu shot this year. Both in the protection of myself and the community, just to be safe and help prevent illness,” said Courtney Searcy, a Jackson resident.
Another Jackson resident says he supports others if they want to get the shot but doesn’t plan to get the flu vaccine himself.
“I have never had the flu shot. I am 38 years old. I have never actually had the flu, so I don’t plan on if I don’t need it,” said Jamaal Brady, a Jackson resident.
You can schedule an appointment to get your flu vaccine at the Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
To schedule your appointment, call the department at 731-423-3020.