Free flu shots at drive-thru clinic Thursday

Published on Monday, February 20, 2017

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Free flu shots at drive-thru clinic Thursday
The Upstate is seeing an uptick in flu cases and those who have not gotten a flu shot have an opportunity to get one free.

Patewood Memorial Hospital will host a free drive-thru flu shot clinic Thursday, Feb. 23 from 4 - 6 p.m. outside of the hospital’s main entrance. People seeking the vaccine will be able to drive up to the hospital’s entrance and receive the shot while remaining in their vehicles.

The hospital is located at 175 Patewood Drive in Greenville.

During the week of Feb. 5, 1,050 GHS patients tested positive for the flu and 23 were hospitalized.

Registration is not required and shots will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. The vaccines are only for adults. Dress to make arms available for quick service.

Everyone at least 6 months of age should get a flu shot. People diagnosed with chronic diseases like asthma, diabetes, chronic lung disease, pregnant women and people age 65 and older are at a higher risk of being infected and should make the vaccinations a top priority.

Other steps to reduce illness this cold and flu season include:

• Washing hands often and keeping them away from your face

• Avoid close contact with people who have flu symptoms

• Prevent the spread of illness to others by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing

• If you’re sick, stay home from work or school at least 24 hours after your fever breaks.






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