Flu (Influenza)

STUDENTS: You must present both your UF Health or UF ID (Gator1) and insurance card in order to obtain a flu shot at no out-of-pocket cost from the SHCC.

  • STUDENTS, FACULTY & STAFF: Flu shots are available from the main campus (Infirmary Building) and Health Science Center (Dental Tower, Room D2-49), as well as SHCC outreach events across campus.
    Note: Flu shots available at Health Science Center are by appointment only.

Flu vaccine can: keep you from getting flu; make flu less severe if you do get it; and keep you from spreading flu to your family and other people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone 6 months and older get the flu vaccine every year, which includes protection against multiple strains.


Will the flu shot make me sick? There is no live flu virus in flu shots, which means that shot CANNOT cause the flu. The most common reaction is soreness, redness or swelling where the shot was given. If any minor problems occur, they usually begin soon after the shot and last 1 or 2 days.

Does the flu vaccine work right away? It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against influenza virus infection. In the meantime, you are still at risk for getting the flu. That’s why it’s better to get vaccinated early in the fall, before the flu season really gets under way.

Is the vaccine safe? Seasonal flu vaccines have a very good safety track record. Although there are possible side-effects to vaccination, the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration closely monitor the safety of seasonal flu vaccines. For detailed information about flu shot benefits and risks, please refer to the CDC’s Vaccine Information Statement for Influenza Vaccine – Inactivated.

Why does the SHCC receive multiple smaller shipments of flu vaccine instead of one large shipment? Influenza vaccine distribution takes place in a phased fashion over a number of months. It begins in late summer for some manufacturers and vaccine products and usually completes near the end of November or early in December. This system can leave doctors and other vaccine providers with uncertainty about when they can expect to receive their full order of vaccine and can make it difficult for them to plan their vaccination activities. Manufacturers and distributors try to get some vaccine to as many providers as possible as early as possible so that they can begin vaccinating their patients. For more information, please visit the CDC’s “Key Facts about Seasonal Flu Vaccine”.

For more information, visit www.flu.gov.