Published on October 12, 2012
Baptist Minor Meds host free flu shot event
Anyone 18 and older can get the vaccine at event
MEMPHIS, Tenn.– The Baptist Minor Medical Centers will host a free flu shot event for the community on Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, located at 3030 Poplar Ave.; the Baptist Minor Medical Center in Olive Branch, Miss., located at 8990 Germantown Road Extended; and Baptist Memorial Hospital-Collierville, located at 1500 West Poplar Ave.
The goal of the event is to raise awareness about the importance of getting a yearly flu shot. Educational information about flu will be available.
"The No. 1 way to prevent getting the flu is by getting a yearly flu vaccine," said Dr. Monica Griffin, medical director of Baptist Minor Meds. "The event represents a free and easy way for community members to get a vaccine."
Seasonal flu is a serious disease that causes illness, hospitalizations, and deaths every year in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the annual direct costs (hospitalization, doctors' office visits, medications, etc.) of influenza are estimated at $4.6 billion. Additionally, up to 111 million workdays are lost because of influenza at an estimated $7 billion a year in sick days and lost productivity.
The CDC recommends the flu shot for healthy people 6 months and older. However, because of the brand of vaccine being used, Baptist is only offering the flu vaccine to those 18 and older.
Groups that should not receive the flu vaccine include anyone who is sick with a fever, anyone pregnant or nursing, those with a history of Guillain-Barre syndrome or those with an egg or mercury allergy.
Baptist Minor Meds provide a combination of urgent care, workers’ compensation, and a broad range of occupational health and preventive services. Highly trained physicians and nurses staff the centers, which are equipped with X-ray machines, basic in-house labs and EKGs. No appointment is necessary.
For more information about Baptist, please visit www.baptistonline.org/flushots2012.