Flu Vaccines at South Shore Health

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

While COVID-19 remains a challenge, we've reached the time of year when we also need to be concerned about another virus: influenza.

With experts predicting a difficult flu season due to fewer COVID-19 restrictions this year, the influenza vaccine remains the best way to protect you and your family from the flu virus.

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

South Shore Health is prepared to meet high demand for flu vaccines this season.

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

Individuals who are not South Shore Medical Center patients can find additional information below.

South Shore Medical Center will hold drive-thru flu vaccine clinics at its Kingston and Norwell locations this season.

Vaccines will be administered at the drive-thru clinics on Saturdays and Sundays through December 4, 2021.

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

Alternate accommodations will be made for patients who are getting a flu vaccine for the first time, have egg allergies, or have had adverse reactions to injections in the past.

In the event of inclement weather, drive-thru clinics will be moved indoors to better accommodate patients.

How to schedule a flu vaccine appointment

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.

For patients of South Shore Medical Center Quincy

Quincy patients are encouraged to book appointments at the drive-thru clinics in Kingston or Norwell.

Additionally, Quincy patients can receive their flu vaccine as part of a standard office visit in Quincy.

Separate flu clinics will not be held in Quincy this season.

High-dose flu vaccines

As of early September, South Shore Medical Center has yet to receive its supply of high-dose flu vaccines for patients age 65 years old or older.

We encourage those patients to consider scheduling an appointment for later in September (when we anticipate high-dose supplies will be available) or to get a standard-dose vaccine, if appropriate.

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.

Flu vaccines are available upon request at each Health Express locationAppointments are not required.

Some patients may be required by school or work to show proof of flu vaccination.

All 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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