Flu Vaccine Clinic
Update: October 27, 2018
Our final shipment of flu vaccine has arrived! Please schedule a flu vaccine appointment via the health portal. Flu vaccine appointments at Health Services are quick, easy, and usually take less than 10 minutes. Remember - the influenza virus can make you seriously ill, taking you out of class or lab for a week or more. Last year's flu season was one of the worst in recent history. Protect yourself, and your community!
Update: October 23, 2018
Dear Caltech students who have not yet received the influenza vaccine:
We have had a very strong response to the influenza vaccine program (flu shots) and currently have a limited number of doses available. There has been a delay from the manufacturer in shipping our full allotment of vaccine; unfortunately we have no control over the timeline of shipments. The flu shot clinic this Saturday, 10/27 (South Catalina Rec Room 9 am-12 noon; and Ricketts 1 pm-4 pm) will be held as planned and we will continue to give flu shots until we run out. If you are not able to get the vaccine then, don’t worry! We expect another 300 doses of flu vaccine to be delivered on 10/31/2018. We will make another announcement regarding any additional flu clinic hours soon, and students are able to schedule flu vaccine appointments at Health Services for 11/1/2018 and beyond. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Student Health Services
Don’t get the flu. Get the flu shot!
Starting now, you can get a flu shot at no cost at Caltech Student Health Services. Please call (626) 395-6393 or visit http://mycaltechhealth.caltech.edu to book an appointment. If you have an appointment at Health Services for another reason, you may also ask your provider for a flu vaccine during that appointment. In addition, there will be flu vaccine clinics on campus in October 19 and October 27.
Knowing the facts about the flu can help prevent the flu illness in you or other community members:
- The flu is a virus that can cause severe illness. Everyone is at risk, even very healthy undergraduate and graduate students.
- The flu shot is your best protection against getting sick with influenza and spreading the illness to other students.
- Everyone 6 months and older needs to get a flu shot every year.
- The flu virus changes every year. This year’s vaccine was made specifically for the upcoming flu season.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- People who have a severe allergy to eggs (see Special Considerations section below)
- People who have had a severe, life-threatening allergy to the flu vaccine or any ingredient in the vaccine
- People who have developed Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) within 6 weeks of getting an influenza vaccine
- People who have a moderate to severe illness or are feeling sick
- Flu vaccination can keep you from getting sick with flu.
- Flu vaccination can reduce the risk of flu-associated hospitalization, including among children and older adults.
- Flu vaccination is an important preventive tool for people with chronic health conditions.
- Vaccination helps protect women during and after pregnancy. Getting vaccinated can also protect a baby after birth from flu, as a mother passes antibodies onto the developing baby during her pregnancy.
- Flu vaccination may make your illness less severe if you do get sick.Getting vaccinated also protects people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness like babies and young children, older people, and people with certain chronic health conditions.
Some minor side effects that may occur are:
- Soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given
- Low-grade fever
- Body aches
All vaccinations are free. Please come - bring a friend! If you are unable to attend any of these dates, the flu vaccine will be available at Student Health Services by appointment. You can schedule a visit online at https://mycaltechhealth.caltech.edu