Flu Shots and Prevention

Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

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What is Flu?

Flu — also known as influenza — is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. If you have a fever, cough, fatigue or body aches, you may have the flu.

Flu Vaccination Clinics

UB students, faculty and staff are eligible for annual fall flu clinics. Most health insurance plans cover the flu vaccine (if it is not a covered benefit, you can choose to pay out-of-pocket on-site). Please remember to bring your health insurance card with you.

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UB Faculty and Staff

Make an appointment to receive your vaccination at the Student Health Center by calling 716-829-3316.

Please see your primary care physician, a community clinic or a neighborhood pharmacy.

Ways to Protect Yourself From the Flu

In addition to getting vaccinated, there are simple steps you can take to help stop the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, wash your hands often, and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

If You Have Flu-Like Symptoms

  • Isolate yourself from others until you have not had a fever (or signs of a fever) for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines
  • Call Student Health Services (716-829-3316) for advice
  • Do not walk into the Student Health Services office for care; this will help prevent the spread of flu
Seek Immediate Medical Care

Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, confusion, severe or persistent vomiting, or if flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough, you should seek medical care immediately.

Contagious? Stay home.

With any contagious illness, you should try to limit contact with others to contain the spread of the disease. It is best for everyone if you remain at home (unless you’re going to see a health care provider) until you are better and no longer infectious.

No Notes for Missing Class or Work

Student Health Services does not issue notes to excuse class or work absences. To learn more please visit our policies page.

Need Help?

University at Buffalo
Michael Hall, 3435 Main Street, South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-3316; Fax: (716) 829-2564