flu

Get your flu shot

Free Flu Shots for Students

University Health Services (UHS) is once again offering free seasonal influenza immunizations (flu shots) for all registered students.

Remember to get vaccinated every year. The protection from a flu shot only lasts 6-9 months. Bring your student ID and wear short sleeves or sleeves that easily push all the way up to the shoulder.

Hate Shots? We've Got FluMist Nasal Spray!

UHS also offers FluMist, a seasonal influenza vaccine administered as a painless nasal spray ($5 charge for FluMist). Note: FluMist is only administered at the main UHS clinic.

Am I Eligible?

You are eligible for a free flu shot from UHS if you are currently registered as a degree or special student at UW-Madison. (Guest students and faculty and staff are not eligible.)

SHIP members and spouses/domestic partners of SHIP members are also eligible for these free flu shot clinics. (Sorry, UHS cannot vaccinate dependent children.)

More information for faculty/staff can be found here »

Who Should Get a Flu Shot?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a seasonal influenza vaccination every year.

All students who want to reduce their chances of getting the flu are encouraged to get vaccinated. Students who have chronic conditions -- such as asthma, diabetes, or immune disorders -- that may put them at increased risk for complications of influenza are strongly encouraged to get a flu shot every year.

Remember, by getting a flu shot, you're also protecting others who may be more susceptible to complications.

Vaccine reminder!

Make sure you're up-to-date on your other vaccines to protect yourself from:

Meningococcal vaccine, in particular, is recommended for all college freshmen who live in a residence hall. UHS recommends that all current students age 21 and under get a booster dose of meningococcal vaccine if their first dose was given before age 16. If the vaccine was given at age 16 or later, no booster is required.

If you have not received these vaccines and would like to do so, please see your health care provider or schedule an appointment with UHS. UHS provides all of these vaccines to students for a fee.

Who Shouldn’t Get a Flu Shot?

People who have a moderate or severe illness with a fever should wait to get vaccinated until their symptoms lessen.

Some people should consult a physician before being vaccinated. These 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 Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) within six weeks of getting an influenza vaccine in the past.

Do I Have to Pay?

Flu shots are funded by student segregated fees, so there is no charge for student flu shots.

More Information

Find out more about the flu, preventing it, and what to do if you get sick.