The Clemson University Joseph F. Sullivan Center is offering drive-through flu shots every Friday in October starting Oct. 2 from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Drive-through shots will be located in Lot C-2 at the corner of Williamson Road and Perimeter Road.

For Clemson employees and other individuals 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. Before arriving for a flu shot, Sullivan Center staff recommend filling out the new patient form here and submitting it to the Sullivan Center via encrypted email to CUWELL@clemson.edu or fax to 864-656-1123.

According to Caitlin Kickham, director of outreach and wellness for the Sullivan Center, health experts always recommend obtaining a flu shot. However, the center and the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences that houses it are stressing its importance even more this year 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 it also 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,” in this case two critical upper respiratory viruses—influenza and COVID-19—circulating simultaneously.

Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported between 39 and 56 million cases of influenza during flu season, which led to between 410,000-760,000 hospitalizations. This year, health experts hope that along with widespread adoption of flu vaccine, the measures in place related to COVID-19 will reduce the spread of the flu.

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 that patients can see a provider from the comfort of their home.

To schedule an appointment at our drive through flu clinic or a virtual visit with one of our nurse practitioners, contact the Sullivan Center office at 864-656-3076.

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