The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone age 6 months or older should get a flu shot every flu season.
Getting a flu vaccine can help reduce the stress on healthcare systems that are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, along with protecting you and those around you from getting the flu, according to the CDC.
The Red & Black has compiled a list of places you can get a flu vaccine this fall in Athens.
Georgia Department of Public Health
The Georgia DPH is offering drive-thru flu shots in Athens. The vaccine is free for adults. For children 6 months and older, insurance may be billed, but the vaccine is free for children without insurance.
In addition to a regular vaccine, a nasal spray option is available. The nasal spray is approved for healthy people 2 to 49 years old who are not pregnant.
Anyone who wants to receive a flu shot at its drive-thru site can visit PublicHealthAthens.com or call 706-340-0996 to schedule an appointment.
Publix Pharmacy offers walk-in flu shots. They accept insurance, but without insurance a vaccine costs $48. You do not have to schedule an appointment, but to speed up the process Publix asks people to fill out and bring a copy of the Georgia immunization consent form, which can be found on Publix's website.
The pharmacy is also offering a free $10 Publix gift card when you get a flu shot at Publix.
Locations: 3620 Atlanta Hwy and 1860 S. Barnett Shoals Rd.
Hours: 9 a.m.–9 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.–7 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Sundays
Walmart Pharmacy also offers walk-in flu vaccinations and same-day appointments. The pharmacy carries different kinds of flu vaccinations that vary in price without insurance. You can learn more about prices by calling the pharmacy.
Locations: 3130 Atlanta Hwy., 4375 Lexington Rd., 1911 Epps Bridge Pkwy.
Hours: Vary by location
A flu vaccine at Kroger Pharmacy costs $40 without insurance. You can make an appointment for a flu shot or register for one while you’re already in the store by visiting kroger.com/rx/guest/get-vaccinated.
Locations: 191 Alps Rd., 1720 Epps Bridge Pkwy., 2301 College Station Rd.
Hours: Vary by location
Bulldog Urgent Care
Bulldog Urgent Care offers walk-in flu vaccines for $39. The clinic does not accept insurance.
Location: 494 Baxter St. Suite C
Hours: 8 a.m. to midnight daily
Horton’s Drug Store
Horton’s Drug Store offers walk-in flu vaccinations that cost $40 without insurance.
Location: 101 E. Clayton St.
Hours: 9 a.m.–6 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays
The University of Georgia’s University Health Center
UGA’s health center offers the flu vaccine to university students, faculty and staff. The UHC accepts insurance. A shot is $50 without insurance or $87 for a high-dose vaccine for faculty and staff over 65.
Members of the UGA community can make an appointment to receive a shot on the UHC’s website, and the UHC also offers flu shots without an appointment at the UHC pharmacy on weekdays from 8 a.m. -5 p.m.
The UHC also has a mobile clinic that will offer shots at the College of Pharmacy on Oct. 22 from 3–5 p.m. UGA community members will need to bring a UGA ID and a copy of their insurance.
Location: 55 Carlton St.
Hours: 8 a.m. to noon, 1 p.m.–5 p.m. weekdays