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Flu Information for UC San Diego

Get tips on reducing the spread of seasonal flu (influenza).

Annual flu shots are recommended for everyone

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends everyone 6 months of age and older to receive the seasonal flu vaccination. About 2 weeks after vaccination, antibodies that provide protection against influenza virus infection develop in the body.

Campus flu vaccination requirement

The University of California, in consultation with UC Health leadership, has issued a systemwide executive order requiring the UC San Diego community to receive or affirmatively decline influenza vaccination. 

Learn more about the Flu Vaccination Requirement

Options for getting a flu shot

Faculty and staff enrolled in UC-sponsored health plans

  • Contact your individual health care provider for availability and instructions on getting immunized to protect yourself from seasonal flu.

Student vaccinations

Find a public flu shot clinic

Other ways to reduce the spread of flu

  • Don't spread germs:
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
    • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough.
  • Post these printouts in your workplace
  • Read What You Should Know for the Influenza Season.
  • Practice good health habits:
    • Get plenty of sleep.
    • Be physically active.
    • Manage your stress.
    • Drink plenty of fluids.
    • Eat nutritious food.

Learn to recognize common flu symptoms

  • High fever (102° – 104°F)
  • Headache
  • General aches and pains
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Chest discomfort or cough
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea (more common among children than adults)

Additional resources

Faculty and staff: Contact your doctor or medical professional.
Students: Contact Student Health Services, (858) 534-3300.
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