Gov. Haslam gets flu shot, encourages others to get vaccinated

Gov. Haslam gets flu shot, encourages others to get vaccinated

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Gov. Bill Haslam got his flu shot in Knoxville Thursday. Gov. Bill Haslam got his flu shot in Knoxville Thursday.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - During his visit to Knoxville on Thursday, Gov. Haslam joined local health officials to encourage residents to get the flu shot.

The governor, along with his wife Crissy, received vaccinations at the Knox County Health Department. Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner also got a flu shot.

Gov. Haslam said he wanted to stress to Tennesseans how important it is to get immunized ahead of flu season.

Each year, an estimated 5% to 20% of the population can get the flu, and more than 200,000 can be hospitalized from the illness.

"What we all know is there are some preventative things that we can do that are good for us that can save us money in the long time, and getting a flu shot is a really way to do that," said Gov. Haslam.

Health officials encourage everyone above 6 months in age to get vaccinated.

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