Influenza (Flu) Vaccine

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.

The 2017-2018 flu vaccine will protect against two influenza A viruses (an H1N1 strain and a H3N2 strain), and two influenza B virus.

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:

  1. Pregnant women
  2. Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
  3. People 50 years of age and older
  4. People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
  5. People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  6. 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
How Can I get a Flu Shot?

The quickest way to obtain a 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 welcome.

Outreach clinic dates and locations:

Monday, September 10 5-7 p.m. Leutner Commons
Thursday, September 27 11:30 - 1:30 p.m. TVUC Student Organization
Friday, September 28 11:30 - 1:30 p.m. KSL Room LL06
Wednesday, October 3 10:30 - 1 p.m. TVUC Senior Classroom 134
Wednesday, October 17 11:30 -1:30 p.m. KSL Room LL06
Thursday, October 18 11:30 - 1:30 p.m. TVUC Student Organization
Wednesday, October 24 11:30 - 1:30 p.m. TVUC Student Organization

To register for one of these events, go to the UHCS Campus Groups Page:

We also have outreach events for Medical School Students as below. Please see the website for details about locations.

CWRU SOM E-426 10/5 11-2 p.m.
CWRU SOM E-426 10/12 11-2 p.m.
KSU Podiatry 10/19 11-2 p.m.
CCLCM,NA5-25 10/23 12-2 p.m.
CCLCM, NA1-136 10/26 12-2 p.m.