Free Flu Shots on Campus Oct. 25

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October 05, 2022 - 04:46 PM

Vaccine being drawn by syringeAny student or employee of Mt. SAC is eligible to receive a free flu shot this Tuesday, October 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. near the Mountie Café. Normally, flu shots cost between $20-$25.

medical worker draws a vaccine doseStudents and employees can swing by to get their free flu shot by showing their California ID. No appointments are necessary. With regular COVID-19 vaccination clinics on campus, the Mt. SAC Student Health Services partnered with Kaiser to bring free flu shots to the campus community.graphic showing similarities and differences of Flu and COVID-19

According to the LA County Department of Public Health, everyone 6 months and older should be immunized against the flu. Anyone can get the flu, but people at high risk of developing serious flu-related complications include:

  • People 65 years and older
  • Pregnant women
  • Children younger than 5 years
  • People with chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, or HIV)

Gloved Hand holds vaccine while syringe draws it Public Health wants everyone to know that the flu vaccine is “very safe and effective” at preventing the flu, and that “Most people who get the flu vaccine have no side effects but it’s normal to have a sore arm, a low-grade fever, or body aches that last a day or two.”

According to Student Health Services, if students cannot make the day-long clinic, there are three other ways to get your flu shot before flu season begins peaking in Southern California:

  • With Your Doctor: If you have health insurance, you can get your flu vaccination with your primary care provider. It is often free with insurance. Check with your doctor. 
  • Community Clinic: If you don't have a primary care provider or health insurance, you can get the flu shot through local community health clinics. These are often no cost or low cost for those 18 and younger and low cost for adults.  
  • At a Pharmacy:Flu shots are available at various pharmacies. Ask your health plan to see if it's covered. View the HealthMap Vaccine Finder to find a pharmacy where you can get flu shots. medical worker administers a vaccine