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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 is helping protect you and your family with free flu shots throughout the Midlands. The flu shot is available for anyone six months and older.

  • Flu shots will be administered by drive-through, with the exception of the 9 Medical Park lobby location.
  • For drive-through locations, there will be limited capacity to provide vaccines outside of the vehicle for children, if needed.
  • Flu shots at 9 Medical Park will be administered in the first floor lobby area every Wednesday and Thursday in October from 3–6 p.m.
  • High-dosage flu vaccines for individuals age 65 and over will be offered at Dent Middle School.
  • Please wear loose-fitting clothing that can easily roll up to assist with vaccines.
  • Face masks or shields will be required.

2021 flu shot schedule

Wednesday, Oct. 6–Thursday, Oct. 28, 3–6 p.m.
(Every Wednesday and Thursday)

  • Prisma Health Richland Hospital Campus, 9 Medical Park building
    9 Richland Medical Park Dr., Columbia, SC 29203

Saturday, Oct. 2, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

  • Lower Richland High School
    2615 Lower Richland Blvd., Hopkins, SC 29061
  • Columbia International University
    7435 Monticello Rd., Columbia, SC 29203

Saturday, Oct. 9, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

  • Dent Middle School
    2721 Decker Blvd., Columbia, SC 29206
  • Sumter High School
    2580 McCray’s Mill Rd., Sumter, SC 29154 (Enter through gate 1)

Saturday, Oct. 16, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

  • Dreher High School
    3319 Millwood Ave., Columbia, SC 29205
  • CrossRoads Intermediate School
    6949 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia, SC 29212

Saturday, Oct. 23, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

  • St. Andrews Middle School
    1231 Bluefield Dr., Columbia, SC 29210
  • Richland Two Institute of Innovation (R2I2)
    765 Fashion Dr., Columbia, SC 29229

Saturday, Oct. 30, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

  • W.A. Perry Middle School (Challenger Parking Lot)
    2600 Barhamville Rd., Columbia, SC 29204
  • Webber Elementary School
    140 Webber School Rd., Eastover, SC 29044
  • Soda City Market
    1300-1600 Main St., Columbia, SC 29201

Consent forms are required and available at each site. Children under the age of 16 require a parent/guardian signature. Flu shots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Q&A: Flu and COVID-19 vaccines

Can I get the flu and COVID-19 vaccines at the same time?
Yes. No waiting period is needed. For the COVID-19 vaccine, it does not matter whether you mix the flu vaccine with the first, second or booster dose. Note: If you are awaiting test results for COVID-19, do not get a flu vaccine.

Will I have more or worse side effects if I get the flu and COVID-19 vaccines together or even within a week or two of each other?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), previous experience with other vaccines shows that side effects are generally similar when vaccines are given together (or closely together) versus given alone.

Will my antibody protection (immune response) be the same if I get both vaccines together?
Per the CDC, experience with other vaccines shows that the immune response you develop is generally the same when vaccines are given together versus given alone.

What should medical professionals consider when deciding if both vaccines be given together?

  • Are you at risk of becoming behind on these shots?
  • Are you at a higher risk for contracting these diseases? For example, is there a current outbreak, does your job expose you to lots of people, or do you have a condition such as diabetes or asthma that may make you less able to ward off these diseases if unvaccinated?
  • Have you had reactions to either of these vaccines in the past?

If I get both vaccines, will they be given in the same spot?
No. They will NOT be given in the same spot. You will likely get both vaccines in the upper arm – at least an inch apart – or in different arms.

Will I be monitored after I get both vaccines?
Yes. You will be asked to stay at the facility where you received the injection for at least 15 minutes. If you have had reactions to any shots before, you should stay for 30 minutes as an extra precaution.

Are the vaccines safe?
Yes. Both have undergone careful testing and have been approved for use.

Can I receive these vaccines if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
Yes, but talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have.

Can I get the flu or COVID-19 just from receiving these vaccines?
No. That is a myth.

Does the flu vaccine increase my risk of getting COVID-19 or vice versa?
No. There is no evidence that getting one of these vaccines increases the risk of getting the other disease.

Note: Because flu and COVID-19 can have similar symptoms, it is possible to have both illnesses at once – a very serious situation – so getting both vaccines is more important than ever this year

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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