Save the Date: Free Flu Shot Saturday is September 27, 2014

Free Flu Shot Saturday (FFSS) is the biggest annual fundraiser for the Empty Stocking Fund. For the past 19 years, free influenza immunizations have been offered on one Saturday in the fall in and around Knoxville to anyone who is interested. More than 220,000 East Tennesseans have been immunized and over $800,000 has been raised for ESF since the program's inception in 1994.

Donations are accepted and appreciated from those receiving shots, but they are not required. The program also relies heavily on corporate and foundation donations to purchase the medical supplies and serum. Summit Medical Group is a major sponsor of the annual event. The event is organized and staffed by medical volunteers under Dr. Charlie Barnett's direction, several local Rotary clubs and News Sentinel Charities staff. In addition to fundraising for ESF, the goal of FFSS is to limit the impact of influenza in East Tennessee by vaccinating thousands.

FREE FLU SHOT SATURDAY LOCATIONS

Free flu shots will be available at the following six local schools: Austin East Magnet High School 2800 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. Knoxville, TN 37914 Halls High School 4321 E. Emory Rd. Knoxville, TN 37938 South Doyle Middle School 3900 Decatur Rd. Knoxville, TN 37920 West High School 3326 Sutherland Ave. Knoxville, TN 37919 Farragut High School 208 West End Avenue Knoxville, TN 37934 Carter High School 210 N. Carter High School Strawberry Plains, TN 37871