Health Services will start administering flu shots in October. The annual flu shots will be available for $20 to all students, staff, and faculty.
How to get a flu shot
- Please call Health Services at (805) 493-3225 for an appointment and bring the paperwork below to your appointment.
- Read the Vaccine Information Statement. This will answer your questions about the flu shot itself.
- Print the Screening Form. Fill it out in pen. Bring it with you.
- Wear clothes that allow easy access to your upper arms.
- Bring $20 to cover the cost of the shot. We take cash, checks, and most credit and debit cards. (We do not accept American Express.)
Who should get a flu shot
The flu shot is recommended for all people 6 months and older, but it is especially important for the following people, since they are at high risk of having complications if they get the flu:
- People 50 years of age and older
- People with any chronic conditions such as asthma, lung disease, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes or other metabolic disorders
- People with immunosuppression including by medications or disease (including HIV disease)
- Women who are pregnant or who will be pregnant during the flu season
- Children and adolescents who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy
- Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
- American Indians and Alaska Natives
- People who are morbidly obese (BMI> or = 40)
- People caring for those at highest risk (including children younger than 5 year of age)
Why should I get a flu shot?
To avoid missing classes or work and to avoid spread the flu to others. The flu is much worse than a typical cold.
Which flu shot do you have?
Health Services gives one type of flu shot. It is the inactivated flu vaccine given by injection. We do not have the nasal vaccine or the High-Dose vaccine. We apologize for not having choices but must make our purchasing decisions based on which vaccine will cover the most people as well as the cost of the vaccine. Specifically our flu shot is Fluzone Quadrivalent by Sanofi Pasteur. It provides protection against four influenza strains: [for 2017-2018 inactivated influenza vaccine: A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1), A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 X-263B (H3N2), B/Phuket/3073/2013 (B Yamagata lineage) and B/Brisbane/60/2008 (B Victoria lineage)]. We do not administer the High-Dose flu vaccine or the nasal flu vaccine.
Does the shot contain thimerosal?
No. Our flu shots do not contain the preservative thimerosal.
Do I need to make an appointment?
We recommend you make an appointment at (805) 493-3225 but walk-ins will be accepted as our schedule permits.
Will my insurance pay for this?
Health Services does not bill insurance. If you would like to send your bill for the flu shot in to your insurance company you might get reimbursed for some or all of the cost of your flu shot. Health Services can provide you with the proper paperwork for you to send to your insurance company; please ask us for an insurance billing receipt. Some insurances will pay for the flu vaccine 100% due to the Affordable Care Act.