Flu Vaccines at South Shore Health

A man receives a flu shot in his car as part of a drive-thru flu vaccine program.

Many aspects of our lives have changed due to COVID-19, but one thing remains the same: the influenza vaccine is the best way to protect you and your family from the flu virus.

Getting your flu vaccine is more important than ever, as we continue to manage the COVID-19 pandemic while flu season begins.

According to CDC recommendations, all individuals 6 months of age or older should receive the flu vaccine each year.

With the state of Massachusetts recently mandating flu vaccines for school-age children, South Shore Health is prepared to meet the increased demand for flu vaccines across the South Shore.

For current South Shore Medical Center patients, scheduling for flu appointments is now open.

For patients not currently enrolled at South Shore Medical Center, flu shots may be obtained at any of our seven Health Express walk-in urgent care locations.

Flu vaccines are available for current South Shore Medical Center patients at our locations in Norwell, Kingston, and Quincy. Drive-thru flu vaccines are available in Norwell and Kingston.

Appointments are required for all flu vaccines at South Shore Medical Center. Walk-in flu vaccines are not available.

To schedule an appointment, please log in to your South Shore MyChart account. Due to high call volume, we strongly encourage patients to use MyChart to schedule their flu vaccines.

If you don’t have a MyChart account, please register for an account

If MyChart is not an option for you, please call the Flu Line at 781-261-4756 to schedule your appointment.

Drive-Thru Flu Vaccines

In order to limit the number of patients in our facilities, drive-thru flu vaccines are the preferred method of distribution this flu season. Exceptions will be made in certain circumstances.

Upon arrival, please follow the signs for the drive-thru site. In order to receive your vaccine as safely and efficiently as possible, please keep in mind the following:

  • Maximum of 4 passengers per vehicle. 
  • All patients must be accessible via a window. Please do not use the center seat or third row of your vehicle. 
  • All passengers over the age of 2 years old in the vehicle must be wearing masks.
  • Please wear short sleeves to allow for easier access to the injection site. 
  • Children under the age of 2 years old should be wearing diapers/onesies or shorts.
  • Please leave your pets at home.
Patient Resources
Flu Vaccinations at South Shore Medical Center, Quincy

All South Shore Medical Center patients can schedule an in-office flu vaccination at Quincy Center practice. Appointments are available Mondays (including early morning and evenings) and most Saturdays from 9AM-12PM. Please book your appointment on South Shore MyChart, or by calling 781-261-4756. Quincy patients may also book appointments at our drive-thru sites in Norwell and Kingston.

In-Clinic Flu Vaccines

In-clinic vaccines can be scheduled for patients who are receiving their first-ever flu vaccine, patients with egg allergies, patients with a history of fainting or reactions to flu vaccine, and patients with a history of difficulty receiving injections.

To schedule an in-clinic flu vaccine, please call 781-261-4756.

Pediatric Booster Shots

Booster shots are recommended for pediatric patients aged 6 months to 8 years who are receiving the vaccine for the first time, or for patients who have previously only received one dose of the vaccine.

Booster shots must be scheduled at least 30 days from the initial vaccine.

Health Express, part of South Shore Health, offers flu vaccines at each of its seven walk-in urgent care locations across the South Shore.

No appointments are required.

Patients will be screened for symptoms upon arrival, and will then be brought into the practice, where the vaccine will be administered.

  • Most insurance plans are accepted. Allways and Aetna plans are self-pay, with the vaccine costing $30. Patients should verify coverage with their insurance provider prior to their visit.
  • The flu vaccines offered at Health Express are standard-dose vaccines; high-dose vaccines are not available.

In order to meet the state’s flu vaccine mandate, proof of vaccination may be required. 

Patients will receive documentation confirming that they’ve received the vaccine after their visit is complete.

  • South Shore Medical Center: Proof of vaccination will be available to view and print in your South Shore MyChart account.
  • Health Express: You will receive a printed discharge summary indicating that you received the influenza vaccine.

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