2020 Flu shot information

It’s time to get ready for the fall and winter flu seasons. It’s likely that we will see the spread of the regular flu virus alongside the virus that causes COVID-19. This means that getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever.  

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are important benefits of getting vaccinated for the flu, even though these flu shots will not protect against COVID-19.  

  1. Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death. 
  2. Getting a flu vaccine can also save healthcare resources for the care of patients with COVID-19. 

To learn more about the health benefits of the flu vaccine, visit the CDC’s website which is full of great health resources.  

 
 

NMC is ready to help our patients get flu shots quickly and easily this year with several options for both adult and pediatric patients:

 

By appointment only drive-through | St. Albans

Open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 am–4 pm.


Patients of Northwestern Primary CareNorthwestern Georgia Health Center and Northwestern Pediatrics are welcome to visit our new “drive-through” flu shot clinic, conveniently located on our main campus.  

  • Patients must pre-register for these “drive-up” flu shots. Call 802-524-8805 to pre-register and check for availability.  
  • Pediatric patients: In order to participate in these clinics, pediatric patients must have had a Well Child Check (WCC) within the past year. If your child hasn’t had a recent WCC, call to schedule one and you can get a flu shot at that same appointment.
  • Once you have set your appointment time, drive up to the main hospital entrance at NMC. This entrance is currently closed, but we will be using the protected area under the covered entrance to provide flu shots.  
  • Patient should remain in their car as they approach the flu shot locations. Pediatric patients under the age of 4 will receive the vaccine in their thigh and will need clothing that easily exposes this area.
  • Please wear clothing that gives easy access to your upper arm.  
  • All people in the vehicle must be wearing masks.  
  • If you would like a high-dose flu shot, ask your provider about availability. We can administer this dose when the vaccine is available. 

 

 

Northwestern Pediatrics drive-through | Enosburg 

Open Wednesdays, 9 am–4:30 pm.


Northwestern Pediatrics patients are welcome to visit a new drive-through flu clinic available in Enosburg.

  • Appointments for these clinics are on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 527-8189 to make an appointment and to check availability. 
  • In order to participate in these clinics, pediatric patients must have had a Well Child Check (WCC) within the past year. If your child hasn’t had a recent WCC, call to schedule one and you can get a flu shot at that same appointment.
  • When you arrive at the Enosburg office, simply park in the designated parking spot at our 44 Center Street office and call the number on the sign marking the spot.  
  • Patient will remain in the car and nursing staff will come out to administer the vaccine.  
  • Please wear clothing that gives easy access to the upper arm. Patients under the age of 4 will receive the vaccine in their thigh and will need clothing that easily exposes this area.
  • All people in the vehicle must be wearing masks.  
  • Note: NMC is working hard to meet community needs for flu shots this year. Appointment availability changes regularly as we seek to add additional appointment slots and increase our capacity. Please call to find out what the current openings are. We also ask that if you are unable to make a scheduled appointment, that you call to let us know as far in advance as possible. We know that circumstances change quickly, but cancelling in advance helps us offer open slots to others waiting to be seen. 

 

 

Northwestern Pediatrics in-office appointments | St. Albans 

Open Mondays, 9 am–4:30 pm


Northwestern Pediatrics patients can get flu shots during in-office clinics that take place on Mondays each week.   

  • Appointments for these clinics are on a first-come, first served basis. Call 527-8189 to make an appointment and to check availability. 
  • In order to participate in these clinics, pediatric patients must have had a Well Child Check (WCC) within the past year. If your child hasn’t had a recent WCC, call to schedule one and you can get a flu shot at that same appointment. 
  • Please note that these clinics will follow all our COVID-19 precautions, including limiting the number of people who come to an appointment. One parent/guardian is allowed per patient, and we ask that no siblings accompany the patient during visits. Patients and families will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms prior to the appointment. 
  • Note: NMC is working hard to meet community needs for flu shots this year. Appointment availability changes regularly as we seek to add additional appointment slots and increase our capacity. Please call to find out what the current openings are. We also ask that if you are unable to make a scheduled appointment, that you call to let us know as far in advance as possible. We know that circumstances change quickly, but cancelling in advance helps us offer open slots to others waiting to be seen. 
 

Many NMC clinics are able to give the flu vaccine during a scheduled appointment. If you are interested and are feeling well, please ask the nursing staff when they bring you into the exam room for your appointment.


 

Preparing your kids for the flu shot

It’s important to talk with your child about the flu shot, and give them a sense of what to expect during your short visit. The Centers for Disease Control has good information about how to support younger children, how to hold kids during shots, and how to talk with older kids about the flu shot.  

Visit the Centers for Disease Control »