Get Your Flu Shot!
Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself from the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age or older should get vaccinated against the flu. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
Flu shots are offered at the Student Health Center on a walk-in basis. No appointment is necessary.
- $5 for currently enrolled students.
- $20 for CSULA faculty and staff.
- The Student Health Center accepts cash and checks only. Please bring exact change.
- Please bring your current student/employee ID.
Beginning September 16th until supplies last, flu shots are available by appointment. Call (323) 343-3302 or 343-3303.
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? Some groups are more likely to experience complications from the seasonal flu, including: seniors (those age 65 and older); children (especially those younger than 2); and people with chronic health conditions.
What are common complications from the seasonal flu? Complications from the flu include:
- Bacterial pneumonia
- Ear or sinus infections
- Worsening of chronic health conditions
Each year approximately 5-20% of U.S. residents get the flu and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized for flu-related complications.
How can I protect myself from seasonal flu? Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself from the flu, but there are steps you can take in your daily life 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.