FLU SHOT Information 2022-2023

McKinley continues to offer FREE flu shots to students who have paid the health service fee. McKinley will administer flu shots by appointment only beginning Monday, December 12, 2022.

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



State Employees and Retirees

The seasonal flu shot is also available to benefit eligible State Employees and Retirees by appointment through December 22, 2022.

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 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 2022-2023 Influenza season, McKinley Health Center will offer a four-component vaccine containing protection against the following Influenza A and Influenza B viruses:

  • an A/Victoria/2570/2019 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
  • an A/Darwin/9/2021 (H3N2)-like virus;
  • a B/Austria/1359417/2021-like virus (B/Victoria lineage); and
  • a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (B/Yamagata lineage).


McKinley Health Center is using the Fluzone 22-23 and Fluarix 22-23 influenza (flu) vaccines during the 2022-2023 flu season. Both vaccines are quadrivalent.

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