Governor Bill Haslam, Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner to Receive Annual Flu Vaccinations
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 Friday, September 19, Governor Haslam, and Commissioner Dreyzehner will receive their seasonal flu vaccinations at the Shelby County Health Department in Memphis.
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
Yvonne Madlock, Shelby County Health Director
Helen Morrow, MD, Shelby County Health Officer
Mark H. Luttrell, Jr., Shelby County Mayor
Sen. Reginald Tate, District 33
Rep. Raumesh Akbari, District 91
Rep. Karen Camper, District 87
Rep. Barbara Ward Cooper, District 86
Rep. John J. DeBerry, District 90
Rep. Ron Lollar, District 99
Rep. Steve McManus, District 96
Rep. Larry J. Miller, District 88
Rep. C. Antonio Parkinson, District 98
Rep. Joe Towns, Jr., District 84
Rep. Johnnie R. Turner, District 85
What: Governor Bill Haslam and Commissioner Dreyzehner receive seasonal flu vaccinations
When: Friday, September 19, 1 p.m. Central time
Where: Shelby County Health Department
814 Jefferson Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38105
MEDIA NOTE: Please plan to arrive early to be in place prior to 12:30 p.m.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Bill Christian, 615-741-2308 or Bill.Christian@tn.gov or Elizabeth Hart, 901-222-9607 or Elizabeth.Hart@shelbycountytn.gov.