Campus Health Center

Flu Information

For information about the coronavirus, please visit the CHC's coronavirus webpage.

Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that can result in mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.

Public health officials urge all individuals six months of age and older to get vaccinated against influenza. The Campus Health Center stocks flu vaccinations during flu season, and encourages students, staff, and faculty to call (831) 582-3965 for pricing and availability.

The Monterey County Health Department also offers free influenza vaccination clinics for individuals six months of age and older. To find out when vaccinations are available in Monterey County and at other locations throughout the country, visit: vaccinefinder.org.

For more information about influenza, visit the the Monterey County Health Department's website or the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's website.

Free Flu Vaccination Clinics at CSUMB

Stay healthy! Get your free flu shot! Available for those 6 months and older. 

Hand holding a flu vaccine

Walk-Up Flu Shot Clinic

October 21, 2021

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Otter Student Union Rookery (Game Room), 3rd Floor

Free

 

Drive-Through Flu Shot Clinic

October 23, 2021

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Parking Lot 59

Free

Participant Information for drive-through clinic:

  • Prepare to wait in line within your vehicle the entire time.
  • Follow signage at entrance to and inside parking lot 59.
  • Face coverings for each individual (over 2 years of age) within the vehicle are required at all times, even if not receiving the flu vaccine.
  • No more than 5 people in a vehicle; children dosages available for children 6-months and older.
  • Be prepared to easily provide access to each individual’s shoulder through a window.
  • Have a pen or pencil in the vehicle for all participants to complete their own vaccination form. (Vaccination form to be provided inside the parking lot.)
  • Must be in a vehicle to participate. No service for individuals transported by public transit. Taxi recommended.
  • To reduce the spread of COVID-19, we ask that only individuals being vaccinated come to the clinic.
  • For any accommodation requests or questions, please contact Gary Rodriguez at grodriguez@csumb.edu or (831) 582-4437.
  • Attention: It is recommended that children 6 months to 8 years of age receive 2 doses of the vaccine, with the second dose given at least 4 weeks after the first. Please determine where children will get their second dose of the vaccine. Visit: vaccinefinder.org. Also, we will vaccinate adults 65 and older, but do not have the high dose vaccine available. If you are 65 or older, you should determine if you will instead seek the high dose vaccine from your physician and not participate in our vaccination clinic.
 

Flu prevention

There are many simple things you can do to avoid getting the flu and to prevent spreading it to others if you are infected.

Simple steps to prevent getting or spreading the flu

  • Consider getting a flu shot
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Manage stress
  • Eat a well-balanced diet
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Wash your hands (Use hand sanitizer or soap and warm water for 20 seconds)
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your upper sleeve
  • Clean your environment with a household disinfectant
  • Stay home when you are sick

Flu symptoms & treatment

May include the following:

  • Fever and chills
  • Headache
  • Body aches and extreme fatigue
  • Coughing, sneezing and runny nose
  • Vomiting and diarrhea

Most cases of the flu are mild and the majority of patients recover quickly with no problems. The most important thing you can do is stop the spread of infection by staying away from others.

At-home treatment

  • Stay home if you are feeling sick and remain at home for 24 hours after you stop having a fever.
  • Take Tylenol or ibuprofen as directed on the bottle for fevers, headache and body aches.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. This is especially important if you have a high fever, vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water or hand sanitizer.
  • Do not share eating utensils, drinking glasses, washcloths, towels, beds, etc.
  • Cover your cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow or a tissue. (Throw the tissue away immediately.)

Seeking medical care

Most cases of the flu DO NOT require treatment at the emergency room.

If you think you have the flu and need medical care, contact the CSUMB Campus Health Center at 831-582-3965. Please call first – we may be able to advise you over the phone rather than have you come into the office where you can infect others.

If the Campus Health Center is closed, you may contact a local Doctors on Duty clinic or any health-care facility of your choice for medical care.

Additional flu resources: