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Governor Bill Haslam, Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner to Receive Annual Flu Vaccinations

Monday, September 24, 2012 | 07:52am

NASHVILLE – Governor Bill Haslam and Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, are stressing the importance of Tennesseans receiving their influenza vaccinations this flu season. On Thursday, September 27, Governor Haslam, First Lady Crissy Haslam and Commissioner Dreyzehner will receive their seasonal flu vaccinations at the Knox County Health Department in Knoxville.

Each year on average in the United States, an estimated 5-20 percent of the population can be infected with the flu, and more than 200,000 people may be hospitalized from complications of the illness. Vaccination is the best way to prevent infection with the flu.

Immunization against the flu protects not only the person receiving the vaccine but also his or her family, friends and coworkers. Flu vaccine can be administered in the form of an injection (the “flu shot”) or nasal spray, and is widely available throughout Tennessee from county health departments, primary care providers and pharmacies. The Tennessee Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urge annual flu vaccination for everyone over six months of age.

Who:  Governor Bill Haslam
            John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Health
            Martha Buchanan, MD, Knox County Health Director
            Tim Burchett, Knox County Mayor
            Madeline Rogero, Knoxville Mayor
            Sen. Becky Duncan Massey, District 6
What:  Governor Bill Haslam, First Lady Crissy Haslam and Commissioner Dreyzehner receive seasonal flu vaccinations

When:  Thursday, September 27, 10:45 a.m. Eastern Time

Where:  Knox County Health Department
                140 Dameron Avenue
                 Knoxville, Tennessee 37917

MEDIA NOTE:  Please plan to arrive early to be in place prior to 10:30 a.m.

CONTACTS:  Bill Christian

 615.741.2308 (office)


Ranee Randby

865.215.5534 (office)

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