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10 Pope Ave, Hilton Head, SC 2992810 Pope Ave
Open until 4:30 pm
  • Mon 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Tue 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Wed 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Thu 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Fri 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
MinuteClinic® at CVS®, Pope Ave, Hilton Head Island - 10 Pope Ave, Hilton Head

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20 Hatton Pl, Hilton Head Island, SC 2992620 Hatton Pl
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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  • Fri 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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93 Main St, Hilton Head Island, SC 2992693 Main St
Open until 2:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
4.55(11 reviews)
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58 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 2992858 Shelter Cove Ln
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845 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Is., SC 29928845 William Hilton Pkwy
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
3.9(20 reviews)
Doctors Care, Hilton Head - 845 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Is.
I appreciate Patricia Alston at the front desk as she helped me with the online check in and wAs profesdionsl and caring. The nurse and PA were very kind as well. I will feel better soon. D Pettee
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19 Moss Creek Dr, Hilton Head Island, SC 2992619 Moss Creek Dr
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  • Mon 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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  • Wed 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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  • Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
3.0(4 reviews)
Cross Island offers a personal experience. The front office personnel, nurses and Dr. Dorsner are compassionate and caring. It's refreshing to be treated as a person and not just a patient.
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1010 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island, SC 299281010 William Hilton Pkwy
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11 Palmetto Bay Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 2992811 Palmetto Bay Rd
Open until 3:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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1 Burnt Church Rd, Bluffton, SC 299101 Burnt Church Rd
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3.94(7 reviews)
This clinic is rated highly in reviews for their clean offices

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Beaufort Memorial Express Care and Occupational Health, Bluffton - 1 Burnt Church Rd, Bluffton
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1050 Fording Island Rd, Bluffton, SC 299101050 Fording Island Rd
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 am
  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun11:00 am - 5:00 pm
CVS Pharmacy, Inside Target - 1050 Fording Island Rd
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1006 Fording Island Rd, Bluffton, SC 299101006 Fording Island Rd
Open until 4:30 pm
  • Mon 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Tue 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Wed 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Thu 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Fri 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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64 Bluffton Rd, Bluffton, SC 2991064 Bluffton Rd
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
2.2(15 reviews)
Doctors Care,  Bluffton - 64 Bluffton Rd, Bluffton
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25 Sherington Dr, Bluffton, SC 2991025 Sherington Dr
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  • Mon 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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  • Wed 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
4.0(5 reviews)
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14 Oak Forest Rd, Bluffton, SC 2991014 Oak Forest Rd
4.0(3 reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

Short Wait Time

visited on a sunday with 2 knife punctures in my hand that needed to be stitched. Let right in. Receptionist and assistant was excellent. Dr. Janik was professional, personable and fixed me up in no time with 7 stitches. She was tremendous as was the entire global urgent care experience in belfair, Frank Farese
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868 Fording Island Rd, Bluffton, SC 29910868 Fording Island Rd
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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  • Fri 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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3 Progressive St, Bluffton, SC 299103 Progressive St
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3.39(9 reviews)
Dr. Carroll Fowlkes is so compassionate. I would never complain about the wait because my level of care was so worth it. Dr. Fowlkes diagnosed me with Pnuemonia and gave me such wonderful care. All of Sun City Loves this place.
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40 Okatie Center Blvd S, Okatie, SC 2990940 Okatie Center Blvd S
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  • Mon 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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138 Okatie Center Blvd S, Okatie, SC 29909138 Okatie Center Blvd S
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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1510 Ribaut Rd, Port Royal, SC 299351510 Ribaut Rd
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
3.44(8 reviews)
Doctors Care, Beaufort - 1510 Ribaut Rd, Port Royal
went in Saturday with a bad chest cold, congestion and chronic cough. was seen in a timely manner even though they were very busy. less than 30 minutes. the receptionist was very nice and even offered me a bottle of water when I had a coughing fit. the doc was very thorough and answered all of my questions and prescribed the meds and offered me great advice on taking care of this crud. Thank you, Doctors Care!
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1500 Ribaut Rd, Port Royal, SC 299351500 Ribaut Rd
Open until 6:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 9:00 am
  • Fri 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 6:00 pm
CVS Pharmacy - 1500 Ribaut Rd
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182 Sea Island Pkwy, Beaufort, SC 29907182 Sea Island Pkwy
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
2.43(7 reviews)
Lowcountry Urgent Care, Beaufort – Lady’s Island - 182 Sea Island Pkwy, Beaufort
I visited Low Country Urgent Care after a rash developed on my forehead. I received prompt attention and was prescribed medication that solved the problem. My experience was top notch, from a reasonably quick visit, easy payment and then a trip to the pharmacy. Problem solved! Thanks Low Country Urgent Care.
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155 Sea Island Pkwy, Beaufort, SC 29907155 Sea Island Pkwy
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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2363 Boundary St, Beaufort, SC 299022363 Boundary St
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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4717 US-80, Savannah, GA 314104717 US-80
Open until 6:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 8:00 am
  • Fri 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 6:00 pm
CVS Pharmacy - 4717 US-80
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4717 US-80, Savannah, GA 314104717 US-80
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
2.75(10 reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

Short Wait Time

Always great and friendly service!
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150 Johnny Mercer Blvd, Savannah, GA 31410150 Johnny Mercer Blvd
Open until 4:30 pm
  • Mon 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Tue 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Wed 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Thu 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Fri 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
MinuteClinic® at CVS®, Johnny Mercer Blvd, Savannah - 150 Johnny Mercer Blvd, Savannah

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125 Johnny Mercer Blvd, Savannah, GA 31410125 Johnny Mercer Blvd
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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  • Fri 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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1322 E. Michigan Ave., Savannah, GA 314041322 E. Michigan Ave.
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2014 E Victory Dr, Savannah, GA 314042014 E Victory Dr
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2109 E Victory Dr, Savannah, GA 314042109 E Victory Dr
Open until 6:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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2055 E Victory Dr, Savannah, GA 314042055 E Victory Dr
Open until 6:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 am
  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 6:00 pm
CVS Pharmacy - 2055 E Victory Dr
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119 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401119 Bull St
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 am
  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun11:00 am - 5:00 pm
CVS Pharmacy - 119 Bull St
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1907 E Victory Dr, Savannah, GA 314041907 E Victory Dr
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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4700 Waters Ave, Savannah, GA 314044700 Waters Ave
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700 E Derenne Ave, Savannah, GA 31405700 E Derenne Ave
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  • Mon 7:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Wed 7:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Thu 7:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Fri 7:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
Labcorp at Walgreens - 700 E Derenne Ave
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100 Minus Ave, Garden City, GA 31408100 Minus Ave
Open until 6:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 am
  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 6:00 pm
CVS Pharmacy - 100 Minus Ave
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4210 Augusta Rd, Garden City, GA 314084210 Augusta Rd
Open until 2:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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5401 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 314055401 Abercorn St
Open until 4:30 pm
  • Mon 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Tue 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Wed 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Thu 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Fri 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
MinuteClinic® at CVS®, Abercorn St, Savannah - 5401 Abercorn St, Savannah

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7360 Skidaway Rd, Savannah, GA 314067360 Skidaway Rd
Open until 6:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 8:00 am
  • Fri 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 6:00 pm
CVS Pharmacy - 7360 Skidaway Rd
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4704 Augusta Rd, Garden City, GA 314084704 Augusta Rd
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  • Mon 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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  • Wed 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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  • Fri 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • SunUnknown
4.0(10 reviews)
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712 Stephenson Ave, Savannah, GA 31405712 Stephenson Ave
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 am
  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun11:00 am - 5:00 pm
CVS Pharmacy - 712 Stephenson Ave
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310 Eisenhower Dr, Savannah, GA 31406310 Eisenhower Dr
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361 Commercial Dr, Savannah, GA 31406361 Commercial Dr
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 am
  • Sun12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3.99(18 reviews)
I went in just before closing time to have a splint rewrapped. I was seen immediately and got a whole new splint which was much more comfortable than the one I had before. Great experience!
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318 Mall Blvd, Savannah, GA 31406318 Mall Blvd
Open until 4:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
4.78(991 reviews)
This clinic is rated highly in patient reviews and ratings

Highly Rated

ExperCARE, Savannah - 318 Mall Blvd
Very fast and friendly!
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301 E Montgomery Cross Rd, Savannah, GA 31406301 E Montgomery Cross Rd
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 am
  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun11:00 am - 5:00 pm
CVS Pharmacy - 301 E Montgomery Cross Rd
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10410 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 3141910410 Abercorn St
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  • Mon 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
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  • SatUnknown
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2.33(3 reviews)
Great service :)
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119 Chimney Rd, Rincon, GA 31326119 Chimney Rd
Open until 3:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
3.89(6 reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

Short Wait Time

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5621 GA-21, Rincon, GA 313265621 GA-21
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3.67(3 reviews)
I was in and out in under an hour. Hope and Aaron were excellent and really listened to me. I’ve gone to many urgent cares and this rated among the best.
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409 S Columbia Ave, Rincon, GA 31326409 S Columbia Ave
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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  • How can I book a flu shot in Hilton Head Island?

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Hilton Head Island Flu Shots

A flu shot (flu vaccine) is a deactivated flu virus that's used to protect against influenza, a serious disease that can send you to the hospital or, in some cases, kill you. Millions of people get the flu every year and tens of thousands of people die from it. The CDC recommends that everyone six months and older get the flu vaccine before flu season each year since your immune protection declines over time. Symptoms of the flu might include coughing, fever, muscle or body aches, sore throat, tiredness, headaches, stuffy or runny nose, chills, and possibly diarrhea and vomiting.

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The CDC recommends getting the seasonal flu vaccine in September or October, before the flu begins to spread in communities. Because the flu season normally peaks in February and lasts well into May, the CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine even if you don't get it before the end of October.

The seasonal flu vaccine usually becomes available in July or August, according to the CDC, which is when children should get it. Adults are advised not to get vaccinated at this time since the flu vaccine's effectiveness decreases over time.

Why do I need to get vaccinated every year?

According to the CDC, everyone six months and older should get a flu shot every year. Because flu viruses evolve over time, flu vaccines must be updated every year to offer protection against the most recent strain. According to the CDC, the flu vaccine's immunity weakens over time, so a yearly dose can provide the most protection.

Who should get the flu vaccine?

The CDC recommends that everyone six months of age and older get the flu vaccine every season. It does, however, mention that different vaccines may be required for different people. The nasal spray flu vaccine is not recommended for pregnant women due to an increased risk of complications, according to the CDC.

What are my flu vaccine delivery options?

There are two types of flu vaccines: injection and nasal spray. According to the CDC, most flu vaccinations are administered with a needle inserted into the arm muscle, though a jet injector may be used in people aged 18 to 64. The nasal spray immunization is only available to people aged two to 49, with the exception of pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems, according to the CDC.

Can the vaccine give me the flu or other respiratory diseases?

The flu vaccine, according to the CDC, will not give you the flu virus. However, it does warn that it may cause many of the same side effects and symptoms as the flu and other respiratory ailments, including fever, cough, headaches, muscle pains, and a runny nose.

What kind of protection does the flu vaccine offer?

The flu vaccine, according to the CDC, can cut your chances of catching the flu by 40% to 60%. It goes on to add that there are two main factors that determine whether or not the flu vaccine will protect you from becoming ill with the flu. The person's attributes, such as age and health, as well as how well the current season's immunizations "match" the flu viruses circulating in the population, are all taken into account.

Can I lower my risk of the flu without getting a flu shot?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are a number of effective ways to reduce your risk of catching the flu without getting vaccinated. Exercising frequently, eating good meals, getting plenty of quality sleep, and managing stress are some of the most effective methods to maintain a robust immune system and avoid the flu. According to the CDC, other precautions include often washing your hands, covering your mouth and nose while sneezing or coughing, and avoiding close contact with sick people.

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