FLU SHOT Information 2019-2020

Beginning Monday, September 23rd, 2019, flu shots will be available 10am to 4pm, Monday-Friday at McKinley Health Center for benefit eligible Students, State Employees and Retirees. Flu shots are available in the Immunization, Allergy and Travel Clinic Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm. No appointment is necessary.

Free for UIUC Students

Flu shots (influenza vaccine) continue to be available at no charge to all U of I students who have paid the Health Service Fee.  A University of Illinois ID card must be presented at the time of service, McKinley Health Center encourages all students to get their flu shot.


State Employees and Retirees*

The seasonal flu shot is also available to benefit eligible State Employees and Retirees. To receive the seasonal vaccination at no charge (must be before Dec. 31st, 2019*):

  • each employee must present his/her health insurance card from a state-sponsored health plan, and his/her state ID card.
  • each retiree must present his/her health insurance card from a state-sponsored health plan, and another form of ID.

* After Dec. 31st, 2019, flu shots will be available for a $38 charge.


The following individuals are not eligible for a free flu shot, but they may purchase the shot for $38 at McKinley Health Center:

  • extra help
  • academic hourly
  • visiting scholar
  • part-time employees who do not participate in the health plan (coverage by one’s spouse/partner does not count)
  • spouses or partners
  • volunteers
  • contractual employees
  • employees who have opted out of the state insurance plan



What viruses do 2019-2020 flu vaccines protect against?

There are many flu viruses and they are constantly changing. The composition of U.S. flu vaccines is reviewed annually and updated to match circulating flu viruses. Flu vaccines protect against the three or four viruses that research suggests will be most common.

For the 2019-2020 Influenza season, McKinley Health Center will offer a four-component vaccine containing protection against the following Influenza A and Influenza B viruses:

  • A/Brisbane/02/2018 (H1N1) pdm09-like virus (updated)
  • A/Kansas/14/2017 (H3N2)-like virus (updated)
  • B/Maryland/15/2016 NYMC BX69-A
    B/Colorado/06/2017-like (Victoria lineage) virus
  • B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (Yamagata lineage) virus

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