2013 Date for Flu Shot Saturday: Sept. 14

Organizers have set Sept. 14 as the date for the 19th annual Free Flu Shot Saturday, which provides free influenza vaccinations on a first-come, first-served basis to the community.

The event will be at six area schools: Austin-East Magnet High, Carter High, Farragut High, Halls High, South-Doyle Middle and West High. Though it’s scheduled from 8 a.m.-noon, most sites run out of vaccine well before noon.

The shots are offered free because of donations from BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation, Summit Medical Group, and Knoxville-area Rotary Clubs, which also staff the locations, along with volunteer health professionals and medical students from around the area. Though the shots are free, any donations from the public go to the News Sentinel’s Empty Stocking Fund, which provides food and gifts to needy East Tennessee families during the winter holidays.

Flu Shot Saturday is the Empty Stocking Fund’s largest fundraiser. Last year’s event raised more than $17,000 for the charity. Volunteers gave more than 4,000 shots.