Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.
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.
UB students, faculty and staff are eligible for annual 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.
In addition to flu vaccine, the pharmacies will also be offering the new bivalent COVID booster at these clinics. There is no charge for COVID vaccine and no appointment is necessary.
UB Faculty and Staff
Appointments for flu vaccine are not yet available at Student Health Services. Please contact your most convenient off-campus pharmacy.
Please see your primary care physician, a community clinic or a neighborhood pharmacy.
You can also receive a flu shot now at many off-campus retail pharmacy locations. Contact your health insurance provider to find out which pharmacies participate with your plan.
The following pharmacies are accessible by car or mall/market campus bus service:
UB’s health-related professional students are required to submit proof of the influenza vaccination annually. The academic department sets the deadline. However, keep the following in mind when submitting the documentation to UB Health Services:
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.
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.
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.