Flu Facts and Vaccination Clinic

 

Who Needs a Flu Vaccine? You.

 

Get Your Flu Shot!

Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and others from influenza (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

Appointments and Fees

Flu shots are available for eligible students, faculty and staff. To schedule a flu shot appointment, please call 323.343.3300.

  • 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 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.

Face Coverings and Social Distancing are Required

Face Coverings and Masks

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) requires the use of face coverings or masks when on campus. All visitors to the Student Health Center are required to wear a face covering or mask before entry to the Center.

Tips on selecting and correctly using face coverings and masks can be found at How to Select, Wear, and Clean Your Mask (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]).

  • Please note: Face masks with valves or vents should not be used.
Social/Physical Distancing

The LACDPH asks everyone to practice social distancing (also referred to as physical distancing) when interacting with individuals who are not from their household. Please practice social distancing by staying a least 6 feet away from others when on campus and at the Student Health Center (as appropriate).

Tips on social/physical distancing and details on why it's so important are available at:

COVID-19 Screening

In order to receive a flu shot at the Student Health Center, students and employees must:

  • Not have respiratory or other COVID-19 symptoms on their appointment date or have had symptoms within 14 days of the scheduled appointment.
  • Not have been in close contact with anyone who has or likely has COVID-19 within 14 days of the scheduled appointment.
  • Be screened by a Student Health Center (SHC) nurse, including a temperature check, prior to entering the SHC. Students and employees should call 323.343.3300 upon arrival at the SHC.

Flu Facts

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 Highest risk of Developing Serious Health Complications?

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?

Complications include:

  • Bacterial pneumonia
  • Ear or sinus infections
  • Dehydration
  • Worsening of chronic health conditions
  • Severe illness and death

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 and others:

  • 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.

Differences Between the Flu and COVID-19

What's the Difference Between the Flu and COVID-19?

In some ways the flu and COVID-19 are alike (e.g., both are contagious viral infections that cause similar symptoms), and in others, different (e.g., COVID-19 is associated with more superspreading events, compared to the flu).

For details on flu and COVID-19 differences and similarities, visit the CDC's Similarities and Differences Between Flu and COVID-19.

If you develop respiratory, flu or COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible.
  • Avoid contact with others.

Can Someone Have the Flu and COVID-19 at the Same Time?

Yes, it's possible to be infected with the viruses that cause COVID-19 and the flu (and other infections) at the same time. Diagnostic testing can help determine what infection(s) someone has.

Resources

Source: CDC's Influenza and LACDPH's Learn More About COVID-19