Get Your Flu Shot!
Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and others from the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated each year against the flu. For current recommendations regarding who should and shouldn't get vaccinated click on Prevent Seasonal Flu.
Flu Vaccination at the Student Health Center
Flu shots are available for students, faculty and staff. To schedule a flu shot appointment, please call 323.343.3300 or walk in to see the appointment nurse.
Currently enrolled students: No Cost
Note: This service is based on eligibility to use Student Health Center services. Please click on Eligibility for information. Proof of eligibility is required prior to receiving services. Please bring your current student ID with you.
Current Cal State LA employees: $20
- Note: The Student Health Center accepts cash and checks only. Please bring exact change when paying in cash. Proof of current employment is required prior to receiving services. Please bring your current employee ID with you.
What is seasonal flu?
Seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. Approximately 5-20% of U.S. residents get the flu each year. In the United States, flu season occurs in the fall and winter. Seasonal flu activity usually peaks in January or February, but it can occur as early as October and as late as May.
How does seasonal flu spread?
Most experts believe that you get the flu when a person with the flu coughs, sneezes, or talks and droplets containing their germs land in your mouth or nose. You can also get the flu by touching a surface or object that has the flu virus on it and then touching your mouth, eyes, or nose.
Who is at risk?
Seniors (those age 65 and older); children (especially those younger than 2); people with chronic health conditions, and other groups are more likely to experience flu-related complications. Each year more than 200,000 people are hospitalized for flu-related complications. Together, flu and pneumonia are the 8th leading cause of death in the U.S.
What are common complications from the seasonal flu?
- Bacterial pneumonia
- Ear or sinus infections
- Worsening of chronic health conditions
How can I protect myself from seasonal flu?
Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself from the flu, but there are additional steps you can take to help protect you from getting the flu:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- Practice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep and exercise, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat healthy food.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
For additional information on seasonal flu vaccination, click on Prevent Seasonal Flu or consult your healthcare provider.