Prisma Health encourages communities to take advantage of convenient drive-thru flu vaccine option before end of month

Flu shots available in multiple locations
Eastside Branch of Prisma Health
Eastside Branch of Prisma Health Photo credit Emily Gill

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GREENVILLE, SC – Prisma Health encourages communities to take advantage of its convenient drive-thru flu vaccine option before the end of month. The system, which is in line to meet its almost 200,000 flu-vaccination goal, will transition its flu vaccinations away from the hospital drive-thrus after Nov. 30.

Flu shots will continue to be available through outlets such as provider offices.

“As we go into Thanksgiving week, I want to thank the many people who took quick action to help protect themselves against the flu,” said Dr. Saria Saccocio, ambulatory chief medical officer of Prisma Health. “Now, it’s time for those who has not yet gotten their flu vaccinations to take the extra step to help protect themselves and their loved ones. We’ve already given more than 130,000 flu shots but want to make sure everyone takes advantage of them, especially this year.”

State health officials warn that contracting the flu and COVID-19 at the same time is possible and could likely cause more complications than if the flu were the sole infection. But flu by itself can also be deadly, with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announcing Wednesday that the state had suffered its first flu-related death of the season.

“While flu shots will continue to be available through Prisma Health, we think the flu hospital drive-thru options are a particularly easy option for our communities. We want to urge everyone to take advantage of the drive-thru locations before the flu shots transition away from the drive-thrus on Nov. 30.“

At Prisma Health, flu shots have been given everywhere from provider offices and hospitals to mobile clinics, business-health sites, drive-thrus and free community outreach sites across the Midlands and Upstate. To help time-crimped families, many Prisma Health practices also offered Saturday flu vaccination clinics.

“From the beginning of this pandemic, the community has been right there with us supporting our health care team. We are thankful for your support of our team members who have showed their love for our communities through their hard work, long hours and perseverance,” said Saccocio. “Our physicians, nurses and staff from every department have gone over and beyond the call of duty because that is truly who they are. We couldn’t be any prouder of each one of the individually and as a team.”

“We are proud to do our part but need our community members to continue doing theirs – whether it’s getting their flu vaccines, socially distancing when in public, wearing masks or practicing great hand hygiene. We’re all in this together,” said Saccocio.

While flu is highly contagious, flu immunizations can significantly diminish its spread. Even if someone immunized against the flu still gets the flu, their illness is typically less severe and shorter in duration. Virtually everyone, including pregnant women and children six months or older, should be vaccinated against the flu. Vaccination is particularly important for people with chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart and lung diseases.

For more information about the flu and Prisma Health’s drive-thru locations currently offering flu vaccines, visit prismahealth.org/flu.