NASHVILLE (AP) - County health departments across the state of Tennessee are giving out free flu shots on Dec. 5.

The state health department says the annual flu epidemic is expected to last many more weeks. Flu can be deadly, and the annual vaccination is still the best protection against it.

Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner says in a news release that the vaccine can keep you from becoming ill. He says it can also protect those around you who could catch the disease from you.

No appointments are needed during the free flu shot event. Shots are available at all county health departments, but locations and plans vary by county.

The following health departments will provide flu shots December 5 at no cost to anyone who wishes to receive one at:

  • Bledsoe County – Bledsoe County Rescue Squad – 8:30AM-11:30AM Central
  • Bradley County – Cleveland Family YMCA – 9AM-12PM and 4PM-7PM Eastern
  • Franklin County – Franklin County Health Department – 3:30PM-6:30 PM Central
  • Grundy County – Grundy County High School – 3:30PM-6:30PM Central
  • Hamilton County - 4825 Dayton Blvd - 12:00 PM -6:00 PM Eastern
  • Marion County – Marion County Health Department – 8:30AM-11:30AM and 1PM-4PM Central
  • McMinn County – McMinn County Health Department – 9AM-12PM Eastern
  • Meigs County – Piggly Wiggly – 9AM-12PM Eastern
  • Polk County – Polk County Health Department (Benton) – 9AM-12PM Eastern; Senior Center (Copper Hill) – 9AM-12PM Eastern
  • Rhea County – Deli-Mart – 8:30AM-11:30AM Eastern
  • Sequatchie County – Sequatchie County High School – 3:45PM-6:45PM Central

More information is available online at the state health department's website .

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.