Mercy Community Healthcare is offering free flu shots to the public on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 1-3 p.m. at Natchez Social (233 Natchez Street), the Community Center at Franklin Community Church.
Shots will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis until supplies are gone, and Franklin Community Church will provide refreshments.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last year’s flu season saw 49 million flu illnesses, including 960,000 flu hospitalizations and 79,000 deaths. Dorothy Bullard, Mercy’s chief integrated care and communications officer, said flu season is well underway, and people should not put off receiving the vaccine any longer.
“The flu has serious implications, and people often don’t think about getting the shot until there’s a major outbreak,” Bullard said. “By attending this event, you are taking preventative steps that can protect you and the people you interact with on a daily basis.”
Bullard noted that while the flu vaccine is recommended for everyone, it is especially important for young children, pregnant women and elderly adults.
This weekend, Mercy is also hosting its annual Community Christmas Party on Sunday, Dec. 9, from noon-3:30 p.m. Families will be able to take free pictures with Santa, and each child will receive one gift while they last.
The Christmas celebration will take place at the organization’s main clinic at 1113 Murfreesboro Road, Suite 319, and those interested can learn more through the event Facebook page.