Free Flu Shot Saturday set for Oct. 13

 

Summit Medical Group is proud to support Free Flu Shot Saturday again this year.

Community members can get a free flu shot on Saturday, Oct. 13, at one of six area schools from 8 a.m. until noon, while supplies last. The event will be held at the following schools: Austin East Magnet High School, West High School, Halls High School, Farragut High School, South Doyle Middle School and Carter High School.

This year, a limited supply of the high-dose influenza vaccine, designed specifically for people 65 years and older, will be available as well.

Free Flu Shot Saturday is the biggest annual fundraiser for the New Sentinel Empty Stocking Fund (ESF). Donations are accepted and appreciated from those receiving shots, but they are not required. The mission of ESF is to provide food and toys to disadvantaged East Tennesseans during the holidays. In 2017, ESF fed 3,500 families, or about 10,000 individuals, and supplied a toy and book to about 3,000 children. Each family received a food basket filled with about 40 items including a turkey, fresh produce, canned goods and much more.

For the past 25 years, free influenza immunizations have been offered on one Saturday in the fall in and around Knoxville to anyone who is interested. More than 228,000 East Tennesseans have been immunized and more than $870,000 has been raised for ESF since the program’s inception in 1991. The event is organized and staffed by medical volunteers under Dr. Charlie Barnett’s direction, several local Rotary clubs and News Sentinel Charities staff and is supported by organizations such as Summit Medical Group.

More information is available at knoxnews.com and esfknox.org.