FLU SHOT Information 2020-2021

McKinley continues to offer FREE flu shots to students who have paid the health service fee. You can schedule an appointment at McKinley’s Immunization and Travel Clinic by calling 217-333-2700. You will need to verify a negative COVID test result within 4 days of entering our building.

Flu Clinic Out Reach dates and locations can be found at:  Flu Clinic Events Calendar

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, 2020).

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 2020-2021 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 2020-2021 Influenza season, McKinley Health Center will offer a four-component vaccine containing protection against the following Influenza A and Influenza B viruses:

  • A/Guangdong-Maonan/SWL1536/2019 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
  • A/Hong Kong/2671/2019 (H3N2)-like virus
  • B/Washington/02/2019 (B/Victoria lineage)-like virus
  • B/Phuket/3073/2013 (B/Yamagata lineage)-like virus


McKinley Health Center is using the Fluzone 20-21 and Fluarix 20-21 influenza (flu) vaccines during the 2020-2021 flu season. Both vaccines are quadrivalent.

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