flu season has arrived, and we're ready for it
Get the Shot, Not the Flu!
As part of our commitment to keep residents of our community healthy, Bon Secours will be offering FREE drive-thru flu shots for adults 18 and up. Quantities are limited, so arrive early!
Friday, October 2
11 am - 1 pm
Bon Secours Wellness Arena
650 N. Academy St, Greenville, SC 29601
The drive-thru will be in the VIP parking lot off Church Street
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Frequently Asked Questions
Who needs a flu vaccine?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that everyone over 6 months of age get a flu vaccine. Those particularly at risk include adults over age 55, pregnant women, adults with heart or lung conditons, adults with serious chronic illness, adults with compromized immune systems, and children.
What types of flu vaccines are available?
Flu vaccines for adults are available in several forms - an intramuscular injection, an intradermal injection, and a nasal spray. The vaccine at the drive-thru event is an intramusclar injection. We will be using the Fluarix Quadrivalent, a flu vaccine with no preservatives and no latex.
Nasal spray and intradermal injections may be available at your family medicine or internal medicine physicians' office.
I can't attend the drive-thru event. How can I get a flu vaccine?
Flu vaccines are available at Bon Secours Medical Group Family/Internal Medicine physician offices. Most OB/GYN offices stock them as well.
How can I protect myself and my family from the flu?
- Get a flu vaccine. Contact any Bon Secours Medical Group family or internal medicine office to receive your vaccine. Many offer the nose spray option in addition to the shot.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or sneeze into your sleeve. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based gel hand cleaners are also good to use.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs can spread this way.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people. (If you have been around someone who has the flu, notify your doctor to see if you need to be treated for the flu).
- Have a plan to care for sick family members.
- Stock up on household, health, and emergency supplies such as water and Tylenol.
What are the symptoms of the flu?
Flu-like symptoms come suddenly, and can include: fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headaches, chills and fatigue, and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting.
What should I do if I get sick?
If sick with flu-like symptoms, it is important to stay home and limit contact with others to avoid spread of infection. Call your primary care provider, and he/she will decide if you need to be treated.
If you have had close contact with someone with the flu or being treated for exposure to the flu, contact your doctor to discuss whether you need treatment to reduce your chances of getting the flu.
How is the flu treated?
Contact your doctor to see if you need antiviral drugs -- antiviral drugs such as Tamiflu fight against the flu by keeping the germs from growing in your body. These medicines can make you feel better faster and make your symptoms milder. Antiviral drugs work best when started soon after symptoms begin (within 2 days). Secondly, drink plenty of fluids.
When should I get emergency medical care?
Please seek emergency care if you exhibit any of the following symptoms: difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, confusion, severe or persistent vomiting, and/or a high fever that is not responding to Tylenol. Emergency Rooms are located at both ST. FRANCIS downtown and ST. FRANCIS eastside.