Get Your Flu Shot!
Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself 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 visit the CDC.
Flu Vaccination at the Student Health Center
Flu shots are now available to the campus community. To schedule a flu shot appointment, please call 323.343.3302 or walk in to see the appointment nurse.
- $5 for currently enrolled students
- $20 for current Cal State LA employees
The Student Health Center accepts cash and checks only. Please bring exact change when paying in cash. Proof of current enrollment and employment is required prior to receiving services. Please bring your current student/employee ID.
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? Each year more than 200,000 people are hospitalized for flu-related 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.
What are common complications from the seasonal flu? Complications include:
- 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, please visit the CDC or consult your healthcare provider.