FLU SHOT Information 2021-2022

McKinley continues to offer FREE flu shots to students who have paid the health service fee. McKinley will have an onsite flu clinic at the health center this year, however you need to schedule an appointment using the MyMcKinley Portal.   You must have building access through your Safer Illinois app and masks are required.

Flu Clinic Outreach dates and locations can be found at:  Flu Clinic Events Calendar. You do NOT need to schedule an appointment at outreach locations

Download a Map of Outreach locations

Free FLU SHOTS for UIUC Students

  • Bring your University of Illinois ID card at the time of service
  • Please wear attire that provides access to your upper arm
  • McKinley Health Center encourages all students to get their flu shot
  • Schedule your flu shot on MyMcKinley portal if you plan to come to McKinley Health Center for your flu shot, M-F, 9-3:30.
  • Outreach locations do not require an appointment.



You can use the McKinley Wellness App to access the MyMcKinley portal to schedule your flu shot appointment and to get other wellness information

State Employees and Retirees

The seasonal flu shot is also available to benefit eligible State Employees and Retirees at any of our outreach locations with no appointment or you may call 217-333-2700 to schedule a flu shot appointment to be seen at McKinley Health Center, M-F, 9-3:30.

NOTE: McKinley does not carry the recommended flu shot for 65 and older individuals. Please check with your healthcare provider.

  • 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.


The following individuals are not eligible for a free flu shot:

  • 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 2021-2022 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 2021-2022 Influenza season, McKinley Health Center will offer a four-component vaccine containing protection against the following Influenza A and Influenza B viruses:

  • A/Victoria/2570/2019 (H1N1) pdm09-like virus;
  • A/Cambodia/e0826360/2020 (H3N2)-like virus;
  • B/Washington/02/2019- like virus (B/Victoria lineage);
  • B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (B/Yamagata lineage)


McKinley Health Center is using the Fluzone 21-22 and Fluarix 21-22 influenza (flu) vaccines during the 2021-2022 flu season. Both vaccines are quadrivalent.

See the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) flu page for additional information.