You deserve easy, affordable preventive care. From November 6, 2019 through December 11, 2019 select Atrium Health primary care practices are offering walk-in, no-cost flu shot clinics every Wednesday for all new and existing patients.*

No appointment needed. Visit any of the participating locations listed below.

Don’t wait. Flu shots take about 2 weeks to kick in. Visit an Atrium Health primary care location to make an appointment, or take advantage of Walk-In No-Cost Flu Shots every Wednesday at participating locations.

Frequently Asked Questions:

The flu shot is free under most health insurance plans. There's no co-payment for the shot unless otherwise required by your plan.

We recommend that you get the flu shot as soon as it’s available. It’s important to note that the vaccine takes about 2 weeks to provide protection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting the vaccine as soon as you can. 

The flu vaccine continues to be the first and most important step in protecting you and your family from the influenza virus.

Getting the flu shot doesn’t just protect you – it may also protect people around you. This includes those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illnesses, like babies and young children, older people, and people with certain chronic health conditions.

Flu season traditionally starts in October and lasts through March or April.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says, “All persons aged 6 months of age and older are recommended for annual vaccination, with rare exception.”

If you meet one of the criteria below, you should not get the flu shot or should consider consulting with a healthcare provider:

  • Children younger than 6 months
  • If you ever had Guillain-Barré syndrome (a severe paralyzing illness) within 6 weeks of a vaccine.
  • If you have severe, life-threatening allergies to the ingredients in the flu vaccine, which can include gelatin, antibiotics or other ingredients. Egg allergy is no longer a contraindication. For more details, ask a healthcare provider or read more from the CDC.

Children ages 6 months to 18 years can get a flu shot at any Family Medicine or Atrium Health Levine Children's pediatrician’s office.

You can also walk-in to any of the two participating family medicine practice any Wednesday for a no-cost flu shot: Riverbend Family Practice - Mt. Holly and Northcross Family Physicians. See details for these locations above.

No, this is a common misconception. The flu shot is made from an inactivated virus (the viruses are killed), which means it can’t give you the flu.  

People who get sick after receiving the flu vaccination were most likely going to get sick anyway. It takes 2 weeks for the flu vaccine to provide protection – so the earlier you get it, the more effective it can be.  

Absolutely. If you have an upcoming appointment with your primary care doctor, we encourage you to use that time to get your flu shot, too.

Yes. If you’re currently insured, we’re obligated to process the flu shot as part of our contracts with insurers. The good news is that because a flu shot is considered preventive care under most insurance plans, it’s still free to you.

Also, here’s something to consider: Insurers and companies sometimes offer incentives for getting a flu shot each year, which could include perks, prizes or contributions to a Health Savings Account (HSA). Consult your insurance provider or employer for details about what your plan may include.  

* Walk-in Flu Shot clinic is available every Wednesday from November 6, 2019 to December 11, 2019 or by appointment and while supplies last. Patients will not pay any co-payments unless otherwise required by their plan.