Tidelands Health, DHEC to offer free flu shots at two drive-through events

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Published on November 23, 2020

Tidelands Health, DHEC to offer free flu shots at two drive-through events

Tidelands Health and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, which worked together over the summer to deliver free COVID-19 tests to more than 15,000 individuals across the region, are teaming up once again – this time to offer free flu shots at two large-scale drive-through events in December.

The free flu shot events will be held:

  • Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Myrtle Beach Pelicans Stadium, 1251 21st Avenue North, Grissom Parkway entrance, Myrtle Beach
  • Saturday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Carroll Ashmore Campbell Marine Complex, 101 River Walk Drive, Georgetown

Dr. William Epperson gives a flu shot.Those 6 months and older are eligible to receive a free flu shot. Health insurance is not required and will not be requested. No appointments will be accepted.

Getting a flu shot is more important than ever this year to protect against the flu virus amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As we head into what is traditionally peak flu season, we want to make sure everyone gets this important flu shot,” said Dr. Gerald Harmon, vice president of medical affairs at Tidelands Health. “It’s not too late to get the flu shot and be protected throughout flu season.

“Because it’s so important this year, we’re offering this convenient drive-through option for a free flu shot to make it easier than ever to get this crucial protection.”

As part of its Safe in Our Care initiative, Tidelands Health encourages those ages 6 months and older to get a flu shot.

The flu shot reduces the risk of getting the flu and can help lessen the severity of the flu if an individual still contracts the flu virus. Getting a flu shot also reduces the risk of flu-associated hospitalization.

By taking this simple step, area residents can help protect themselves from the flu – and help prevent the region’s health care system from becoming overburdened as providers respond to both COVID-19 and flu cases.

For more information, call 1-866-TIDELANDS or visit tidelandshealth.org.

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Tidelands Health is the region’s largest health care provider and MUSC Health affiliate, serving the Carolinas at four hospitals and more than 60 outpatient locations. More than 2,500 employee, physician and volunteer partners work side by side with our communities to transform the health of our region – promoting wellness, preventing illness, encouraging recovery and restoring health.