Flu Prevention 2020-2021

Flu Prevention 2020-2021
September 3, 2020

Influenza can be a serious, contagious respiratory disease. The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to be vaccinated every year. This year, getting your flu vaccination is even more important. It is likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both spread simultaneously this fall and winter. Being vaccinated against influenza will help reduce the overall burden of respiratory diseases and help conserve health care resources.

Starting on Sept. 8, there are several opportunities for UNC-Chapel Hill community members to obtain a flu vaccination on campus:

  • Student Stores Pharmacy will offer no-appointment flu shots for students, faculty and staff during operating hours (Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Located on the 3rd floor of UNC Student Stores. Medicare plans not accepted.
  • Campus Health Pharmacy will offer no-appointment flu shots for students, faculty and staff during operating hours (Monday - Friday, 1-5 p.m.) This clinic will be outside at the loading dock area of Campus Health (between the football stadium and UNC Hospitals). Medicare plans not accepted.
  • Campus Walk-in Clinics – Several walk-up flu vaccination clinics will be offered at various locations across campus with no advance registration required. All clinic times listed below are from noon to 4 p.m.:
    • Thursday, Sept. 24 – Tent at Polk Place
    • Thursday, Oct. 1 – Tent at Genetic Medicine Building
    • Thursday, Oct. 8 – Breezeway at Genome Sciences Building
    • Thursday, Oct. 15 – Tent at Polk Place
    • Friday, Oct. 16 – Tent at Genetic Medicine Building
    • Friday, Oct. 23 – Giles Horney Building

Most health insurance plans offer flu vaccination with no copay. Campus Health is in-network with most major insurance plans, including the State Health Plan and Student Blue. Campus Health does not accept Medicare plans. Please bring a copy of your insurance card. You will be billed for any out-of-pocket expense as determined by your insurance company. Flu vaccination is available for $40 for those without insurance.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions, flu vaccination clinics will be implementing the following to ensure the safety and health of all:

  • Flu clinic staff are required to wear surgical masks, face shields and gloves at all times and do daily COVID-19 symptom monitoring.
  • All flu clinic attendees will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms prior to entry.
  • All flu clinic attendees are required to wear a mask or face covering. If you do not have an appropriate mask one will be provided.
  • Our waiting areas and flu shot stations will be arranged to accommodate physical distancing of at least 6 feet.
  • Flu shot stations will be disinfected after each patient.

More information regarding UNC-Chapel Hill flu clinics and flu prevention is available at flu.unc.edu.

This year, the University is once again partnering with Alana’s Foundation to track our campus participation in a national university competition. After you receive your flu vaccine, visit go.unc.edu/flushot to put a point on Carolina's scoreboard. All you need to do is answer a few questions (no personal or identifying information required) and select UNC-Chapel Hill as your university. It takes less than 30 seconds!

Faculty, staff, students, alumni and fans are welcome to help Carolina win. The contest runs through Dec. 12. Follow along on social media with #GiveItYourBestShot, and please help spread the word!