Flu Vaccination Recommendation
UC Davis SHCS Medical Services urges all students to receive the seasonal vaccine. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season.
Read the prevention section of our Influenza Health Topic to learn about ways to prevent getting sick.
The seasonal flu vaccine protects against three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season.
SHCS Medical Services offers both seasonal flu shots and intranasal vaccine (also known as FluMist) as options for seasonal flu vaccination. Intranasal vaccine is administered as a quick mist sprayed in each nostril and is an alternative for individuals who do not like needles. Students who are interested can attend a flu vaccination clinic (when available), come in during our Walk-In Vaccination hours or if the students' schedule conflicts with walk-in hours they can contact our Appointment Desk (530) 752-2349 to schedule an appointment. Students who have questions can contact our Advice Nurse (530) 752-2349 to discuss vaccination options.
Walk-in vaccination is also available Monday through Friday from 9:30 - 11:30 AM and 1:00-4:30 PM on days that SHCS is open. If you need two or fewer vaccinations, no appointment is necessary. Just check-in on the second floor.
Students may receive vaccination during any routine primary care visit, attend a flu vaccination clinic, or schedule an appointment for vaccination.
Cost of Seasonal Flu Vaccination
Flu Shot (Injection) or FluMist (Intranasal Vaccine):
- $30 charge for all students* ($10 visit + $20 cost of vaccine. Fees will be billed directly to a student's campus account.)
- *SHIP members receive vaccination at no cost after billing to Aetna Student Health
Flu and High Risk Conditions
It is especially important for those with chronic conditions to receive the seasonal flu vaccine. Below are some examples of high risk conditions. Students who have questions can contact their health care provider or our Advice Nurse (530) 752-2349 if they have questions. Please note that intranasal vaccine is not an option for students with chronic conditions
Flu and Asthma
Influenza is a very serious illness for those with asthma. An analysis by the American Lung Association found that if 100% of people with asthma received a flu shot, close to 136,000 hospitalizations could be prevented each year.
Other High Risk Conditions
Other conditions that place people at high risk for the flu include:
- chronic lung disease such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis, tuberculosis, or cystic fibrosis
- heart disease
- chronic kidney disease
- diabetes or other chronic metabolic disorder
- severe anemia
- diseases or treatments that depress immunity
More information about the flu and links to additional resources are available:
- Health Topics: Influenza (Seasonal) (UC Davis SHCS Medical Services)
- Influenza Self-Screening Questionnaire (UC Davis SHCS Medical Services)
- Seasonal Flu: The Disease (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention)
- Situation Update - 2009 H1N1 Flu (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention)
- Appointment Desk, (530) 752-2349.
- Advice Nurse, (530) 752-2349