Faculty and staff have another opportunity Friday to get a free flu shot at a convenient drive-through location in Lot C-2 (map) at the corner of Williamson and Perimeter roads.

The Joseph F. Sullivan Center is offering them from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. For Clemson employees and others on the State Health Plan, flu shots are free. For those who are uninsured or have a different type of insurance, the cost of the flu shot is $40 and can be paid by cash, credit card or check to the Sullivan Center.

No appointment is necessary, but the line moves more quickly if you register in advance by calling 864-656-3076 and fill out the new patient form here and submit it to the Sullivan Center via encrypted email to CUWELL@clemson.edu or fax to 864-656-1123.

So far this month, 352 people have received flu shots at the drive-through location.

After October 31, employees can make an appointment to visit the Sullivan Center for a flu shot during nurse hours, which are limited due to COVID-19. Those shots also are free for State Health Plan subscribers, spouses and dependents.

According to Caitlin Kickham, director of outreach and wellness for the Sullivan Center, health experts always recommend obtaining a flu shot. This year, the center and the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences that houses the Sullivan Center are stressing its importance even more in the face of COVID-19.

“COVID-19 is still impacting our communities, so we recommend doing everything we can to not overwhelm health care systems,” Kickham said. “The flu vaccine keeps many people out of the hospital, so we want to do our part to make as much space as possible for those who contract COVID-19.”

The flu vaccine protects against several strains of influenza, reduces severity and length in those who get the flu, and protects those individuals around a person who might not be able to get a flu shot. Flu shots this year will also reduce the chance of what health experts have dubbed a “twindemic,” where two critical upper respiratory viruses — influenza and COVID-19 — are circulating simultaneously.

The Sullivan Center recommends continued steps to reduce transmission of COVID-19 and the flu including hand washing, social distancing, wearing masks as appropriate, and staying home when sick. The Sullivan Center continues to offer virtual visits so patients can see a provider from the comfort of their homes.