Mercy Urgent Care, a not-for-profit health care organization headquartered in Asheville, is offering a second round of free flu shots on Saturday, Jan. 25, at its new, soon-to-open facility in Waynesville.
Dedicated to providing compassionate, affordable care to all in Western North Carolina, Mercy will administer up to 100 free vaccines from 12-3 p.m. in the lobby of the new location, at 120 Frazier St., Suite 6. Located just off the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway Exit 102, this will be Mercy’s eighth location in Western North Carolina.
The free flu shots, which regularly cost $34.99 before insurance, will be available for ages 8 and up, while supplies last, only at the future Mercy Urgent Care Waynesville on Saturday from 12-3 p.m. Vaccines are available at regular cost at all times at the other seven Mercy Urgent Care locations across Western North Carolina. Covered by many health care plans, the flu vaccine reduces a person’s risk of developing a flu-related illness by an average of 61 percent.
Each season, between 5 and 20 percent of the U.S. population comes down with the virus — and the 2019/2020 season in particular has proven itself particularly severe early on, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Mercy Urgent Care Waynesville is slated to open on Tuesday, Feb. 4, and will be open seven days per week, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This new location will bring high-quality, affordable and convenient medical care for non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries to Haywood County, giving patients in the Waynesville area access to walk-in care at a fraction of the cost of an ER visit.