Summit presents check for $15,000 to Flu Shot Saturday

The best way to ensure you don’t get the flu this winter is simple in the eyes of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Get a flu shot. On Saturday, you can do just that. The 19th annual Free Flu Shot Saturday runs 8 a.m. to noon at six area schools: Austin-East Performing Arts and Sciences Magnet High School, Farragut High School, Halls High School, West High School, South-Doyle Middle School and Carter High School. The shots are free but donations are appreciated, because they go to help support the News Sentinel’s annual Empty Stocking Fund charity, which feeds thousands each holiday season and provides toys for needy families. The shots cost nothing thanks to 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. The event typically draws a large crowd so it’s better to arrive earlier in the morning to ensure you are able to get a shot. More than 4,000 shots were given at last year’s event, which raised more than $17,000 for the charity. © 2013 Knoxville News Sentinel. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

 

Summit Medical Group CEO Tim Young, left, presents a $15,000 ceremonial check to the Empty Stocking Fund in support of the "Free Flu Shot Saturday" event to Knoxville News Sentinel Publisher Patrick Birmingham on Monday at Summit's headquarters. Flu Shot Saturday runs 8 a.m.-noon Saturday and will take place at six area schools: Austin-East Performing Arts and Sciences Magnet High School, Farragut High School, Halls High School, West High School, South-Doyle Middle School and Carter High School. (J. Miles Cary/News Sentinel)