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Fight the flu with free flu shots

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Fight the flu!

Parents and kids, join us to help fight the flu

Influenza (the flu) is a serious illness you can get from anyone infected. Prisma Health Children's Hospital–Midlands is helping protect you and your family with free flu shots throughout Richland, Lexington and Sumter counties. The flu shot is available for anyone six months and older.


  • Tuesday, Oct. 1–Thusday, Oct. 31, 3–5 p.m.
    (Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)
    Prisma Health Children's Hospital–Midlands, Rainey Classroom
    7 Richland Medical Park Dr., Columbia, SC 29203
  • Friday, Oct. 18 and 25, 4–6 p.m.
    Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital
    129 N. Washington St., Sumter, SC 29063
  • Sunday, Sept. 29, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
    Bibleway Church of Atlas Road
    2440 Atlas Rd., Columbia, SC 29209
  • Saturday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
    Dent Middle School
    2721 Decker Blvd., Columbia, SC 29206
  • Saturday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
    Francis Burns United Methodist Church
    5616 Farrow Rd., Columbia, SC 29203
  • Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
    Second Nazareth Baptist Church
    2300 Elmwood Dr., Columbia, SC 29203
  • Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
    Windsor United Methodist Church
    9500 Windsor Lake Blvd., Columbia, SC 29223
  • Friday, Oct. 25, 4–7 p.m.
    Logan Elementary School
    815 Elmwood Ave., Columbia, SC 29201
  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
    South Hope Center
    1125 S. Lafayette Dr., Sumter, SC 29150
  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
    Columbia Church of Christ
    1049 Harbor Dr., West Columbia, SC 29169
  • Wednesday, Oct. 30, 4–7 p.m.
    Hopkins Elementary School
    6120 Cabin Creek Dr., Hopkins, SC 29061

Consent forms are required and available at each site. Children under the age of 16 require a parent/guardian signature. South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) will provide flu shot vaccines at various locations, including schools. Flu shots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Flu shot facts 

  • A flu vaccine cannot cause flu illness. The viruses in the flu shot are killed (inactivated), so you cannot get the flu from a flu shot. While a flu vaccine cannot give you flu illness, there are different side effects that may be associated with getting a flu shot. These could include: soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given, fever (low grade), aches.
  • Yearly flu vaccination is the best tool currently available to protect against the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend a yearly flu vaccination as the first and most important step in protecting against flu and its potentially serious complications. 
  • Millions of people have safely received flu vaccines for decades. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors' visits and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. 
  • A flu vaccination does not guarantee protection against the flu. Some people who get vaccinated might still get sick. However, people who get a flu vaccine are less likely to get sick with flu or hospitalized from flu than someone who does not get vaccinated.
  • Flu vaccination also may make your illness milder if you do get sick.
  • Getting vaccinated yourself also protects people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, and people with certain chronic health conditions.
  • A flu vaccine is needed every year for two reasons. First, the body’s immune response from vaccination declines over time, so an annual vaccine is needed for optimal protection. Second, because flu viruses are constantly changing, the formulation of the flu vaccine is reviewed each year and sometimes updated to keep up with changing flu viruses. For the best protection, everyone six months and older should get vaccinated annually.
  • It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against influenza virus infection. That’s why it’s better to get vaccinated early in the fall, before the flu season really gets under way.
  • Flu vaccines are offered in many locations, including doctor’s offices, health departments, pharmacies, urgent care clinics, schools and workplaces.

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