Influenza (Flu)

What is the Flu Shot?

The flu shot is an inactivated vaccine (containing killed virus) that is given with a needle, usually in the arm. It contains four seasonal influenza viruses that are grown in eggs. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the four influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season.

Who Should Get a Seasonal Flu Shot?

The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year.

While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it's especially important that certain people get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications.

It is especially important that the following groups get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications:

  • Pregnant women
  • Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
  • People 50 years of age and older
  • People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
  • People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  • People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
    • Health care workers
    • Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
    • Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age

Flu Vaccine for Students

Flu vaccine will begin at UH&CS on September 18, 2019. At that time, there will be a limited number of individual flu shot appointments available each day. The quickest way to obtain flu shot on campus is to go to one of the outreach clinics. 

Free flu shots will be available for all students during the following outreach clinics. Students should bring their Case ID cards. CIA and CIM students are also welcome. 

Outreach clinic dates and locations: 

Date Time Location
Wednesday, September 18 11:00 am- 1:00 pm Fribley Commons
Monday, September 30 5:00 pm- 7:00 pm TVUC Ballroom
Wednesday, October 9 11:00 am- 1:00 pm TVUC Student Organization
Tuesday, October 15 11:00 am- 1:00 pm TVUC Student Organization
Thursday, October 24 11:00 am- 1:00 pm TVUC Student Organization

We also have outreach events for medical and Nursing School Students as below. Exact locations will be announced. 

Group Date Time Location
School of Medicine October 2 12:00 pm- 3:00 pm HEC
School of Medicine October 4 12:00 pm- 3:00 pm HEC
School of Medicine October 8 5:00 pm- 7:00 pm HEC
School of Medicine October 10 5:00 pm- 7:00 pm HEC
School of Nursing October 16 11:00 am- 1:00 pm HEC