The Orange Coast College Student Health Center is offering free flu shots to OCC and Coastline College students by appointment on Mondays and Thursdays.
“We want to encourage students to get in now,” Director of the Student Health Center Kelly Daly said. “October [and] November is a great time to get the flu shot. You need two weeks to build that immunity up.”
Students who are interested in getting a flu shot must call the Nurse Appointment Line at (714) 714-7705 to schedule an appointment.
Appointments are required in accordance with OCC’s current COVID-19 protocols, as well as having a limited supply of flu shots. Upon arriving at the appointment, students will be asked to complete a vaccine consent form.
Golden West College is offering its students flu shots Tuesdays and Wednesdays for $16. Walk-ins are welcome or students can contact the GWC Student Health Center to make an appointment.
To accommodate the constantly changing influenza viruses, the vaccine formulas change annually.
“The one we have this year is quadrivalent which means that it has four different types of virus, and it is basically aligning with the flu that they are anticipating for this year to help prevent influenza,” Daly said.
Flu is an airborne infectious disease, meaning that it can cause mild to severe illness, including death. Health professionals note that getting the flu shot is an important and effective step in preventing the flu.
With the COVID-19 virus continuing to spread and flu season approaching this fall and winter, students should be considering the impact getting the flu vaccine can have on their health. After over a year of wearing masks in public, health specialists are hoping to see a decline in influenza infections.
“Talk to your doctor to see what they recommend for you,” Daly said. “It really is dependent on the particular student and what their risk profile is.”