Influenza(FLU)

Updated: 1/17/2013

Announcement: 

FREE Flu Clinic January 23rd 1-3:30 @ BMU

Free for students, $15 for faculty and Staff (check only) 

Make Your Intention, Flu Prevention!

It is coming up on FLU SEASON once again! Did you know that an excellent way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year?

INFLUENZA (FLU) is a contagious disease, which can be spread by coughing, sneezing, or nasal secretions. Influenza can occur at any time, but usually occurs November through May. All individuals 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine as soon as it is available. The vaccine will PROVIDE PROTECTION if the flu season comes early.

STUDENT HEALTH CENTER OFFERING FLU SHOTS FOR STUDENTS/ FACULTY/STAFF

  • FREE FLU SHOTS FOR STUDENTS!!
  • FACULTY/STAFF: COST $ 15, MAY PAY WITH CASH, CHECK, VISA, MASTERCARD

Student Health Center is offering in-house flu shots as well! They will be offered on the following days/times:


Day Time
Mondays 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesdays 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesdays 9:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursdays 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fridays 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

What flu viruses are included in the seasonal vaccine for?

The vaccine provides protection against A/H1N1 (pandemic) influenza and two other influenza viruses – influenza A/H3N2 and influenza B. It will not prevent illness caused by other viruses.

 It takes up to 2 weeks for protection to develop after the shot. Protection lasts about a year.

Some inactivated influenza vaccine contains a preservative called thimerosal. Thimerosal-free influenza vaccine is available. Ask your healthcare provider for more information.

When to get vaccinated against seasonal flu?

Yearly flu vaccination should begin in September, or as soon as vaccine is available, and continue throughout the flu season which can last as late as May. This is because the timing and duration of flu seasons vary. While flu season can begin early as October, most of the time seasonal flu activity peaks in January or later.

Who should get vaccinated?

On February 24, 2010 vaccine experts voted that everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year starting with the influenza season. CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted for "universal" flu vaccination in the U.S. to expand protection against the flu to more people. While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it’s especially important that certain people get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications.

Who should not be vaccinated against seasonal flu?

Some people should not be vaccinated without first consulting a physician. They include:

  • People who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs.
  • People who have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination in the past.
  • People who developed Guillian-Barré syndrome (GBS) within 6 weeks of getting an influenza vaccine previously.
  • Children younger than 6 months of age (influenza vaccine is not approved for use in this age group).
  • People who have a moderate or severe illness with a fever should wait to get vaccinated until their symptoms lessen.

If you have questions about whether you should get a flu vaccine, consult your health care provider.

For more information, please click on this Vaccine Information Sheet for the Inactivated Seasonal Influenza Vaccine: 

CLICK HERE for Vaccine Information Sheet.

1.   Butte County Public Health: http://www.buttecounty.net/publichealth/

2.   California Department of Public Health: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/Pages/DEFAULT.aspx

3.   Centers for Disease Control: http://www.cdc.gov/