Free Flu Shot Saturday

2018 Free Flu Shot Saturday will be held Saturday, October 13th from 8am to 12pm, or while supplies last. See locations below.


Free Flu Shot Saturday (FFSS) is the biggest annual fundraiser for the Empty Stocking Fund. 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 over $870,000 has been raised for ESF since the program’s inception in 1991. 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. The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation has donated thousands to the cause and has been the primary donor for the program for some years. Other donors and supporters include Summit Medical Group and the Knoxville Area Rotary Club.

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 shots will be available at the following six local schools:

Austin East Magnet High School
2800 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37914

West High School 
3326 Sutherland Ave. 
Knoxville, TN 37919

Halls High School 
4321 E. Emory Rd. 
Knoxville, TN 37938

Farragut High School
208 West End Avenue 
Knoxville, TN 37934

South Doyle Middle School 
3900 Decatur Rd. 
Knoxville, TN 37920

Carter High School 
210 N. Carter High School 
Strawberry Plains, TN 37871


Coming Soon – More information about Influenza Vaccination & download of an informational pdf.


For more information about FFSS, you may contact:

News Sentinel Empty Stocking Fund / Free Flu Shot Saturday
Hotline: (865) 342-6871