The return of fall also means the return of flu season, and with the added risks of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is incredibly important to make sure you are protected from this year's influenza virus. This is why the University Health Center is not only once again providing flu shots to the UNL campus community, but also providing opportunities for students to easily get their flu shots at on-campus clinics, all at no out-of-pocket cost.
Faculty and staff are also able to utilize the University Health Center, with many employees qualifying for a $0 co-pay.
Keep reading to learn more about this year's flu shot options, and find answers to questions you may have about how COVID may impact this year's flu season.
Flu shots for students
Flu shots are FREE for students! There are two ways to get your shot:
- Register to attend an October student flu shot clinic. Click here for the full schedule. *YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER TO ATTEND* Click here to register
- Make an appointment at the health center. Flu shot appointments are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 402-472-5000 to schedule. For the safety of patients and staff, we require you to schedule an appointment in advance of your visit. Walk-ins will not be allowed this year.
If you are 18 or younger:
Parental permission is required for students who are 18 or younger to receive their flu shot. Health center staff can call a parent or guardian at check in or, if you are 18 years old, you may bring a completed Power of Attorney form form with you to your appointment. If you already have a Power of Attorney form on file at the health center, there is no need to submit a duplicate form. Power of Attorney forms are not valid for 17-year-olds; we must call a parent or guardian for permission to give you a flu shot at the time of check in.
Flu shots for faculty and staff
For faculty and staff who are working on campus, flu shots are available by appointment at the University Health Center during regular business hours. For your safety, please schedule an appointment in advance of your visit by calling 402-472-5000.
Flu shots given at the University Health Center have a charge for faculty and staff, but we can easily submit them to your insurance. Most insurance plans cover flu shots at 100%. You are also welcome to pay the out-of-pocket cost if that is more convenient for you. Please contact us if you have any questions.
At this time, we are not offering the high dose (65+) flu vaccine.
Student Flu Shot Clinic Schedule
- Wednesday, Oct. 14: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., Campus Recreation Center
- Thursday, Oct. 15: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., Campus Recreation Center
- Friday, Oct. 16: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., Campus Recreation Center
- Wednesday, Oct. 21: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., Campus Recreation Center
- Thursday, Oct. 22: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., Campus Recreation Center
- Friday, Oct. 23: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., Campus Recreation Center
- Wednesday, Oct. 28: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., Campus Recreation Center
- Thursday, Oct. 29: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., Campus Recreation Center
- Friday, Oct. 30: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., Campus Recreation Center
- Tuesday, Oct. 13: 9 a.m. to noon, Nebraska East Union, level two
Register for a Student Flu Shot Clinic Time Slot
Use the QR code above or register using this link.
How to Get a Flu Shot
Frequently Asked Questions
Will the flu shot protect me against COVID-19?
The flu shot does not protect against the coronavirus, but it does have many important health benefits. It can reduce your risk of the flu, which can help conserve potentially scarce health care resources. Learn more from the CDC.
What safety precautions are being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at student flu shot clinics?
- We moved our student flu shot clinics out of the University Health Center and to larger spaces, the Campus Recreation gym and East Campus Union. We will allow up to 50% capacity in these spaces to allow us to follow infection control processes and to maintain physical distancing.
- Our staff are required to wear face coverings and other personal protective equipment to keep you and themselves safe.
- All student flu shot clinic attendees are required to reserve an appointment. This allows us to maintain control of the environment and correctly follow infection prevention guidelines.
- All student flu shot clinic attendees are required to wear a mask or face covering at our flu clinics. If you do not have an appropriate mask, we will provide one for you.
- All student flu shot clinic attendees will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms before entering the clinic area. People with symptoms will be asked to reschedule their appointments.
- Flu shot stations will be thoroughly disinfected after each patient.
- There will be a separate entrance and exit into the student flu shot clinic to maintain one-way foot traffic.
- Student flu shot clinic attendees are not allowed to bring guests to their flu shot appointments, with exceptions for interpreters and personal care attendants.
What flu shot are you giving for the 2020-21 year?
We will be giving FLUARIX Quadrivalent flu shots, which protect against four different flu viruses.
What is the flu?
In general, the flu is worse than the common cold. Symptoms such as fever, body aches, tiredness and cough are more common and intense with the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Learn More
Does the flu vaccine work?
The annual influenza vaccine is the best way to protect yourself against the disease. While getting vaccinated doesn't guarantee that you won't get the flu, if you do, it will likely be less severe.
I got the flu shot last flu season. Why do I have to get it again this flu season?
You should get vaccinated every flu season (September through March) because the virus changes very rapidly and immunity from the previous season's vaccine declines throughout the year.
What's the benefit to me?
Getting your flu shot every flu season (September through March) will likely decrease your chance of severe complications from influenza, including hospitalization and death. Approximately 10-15% of people who get the flu experience secondary infections such as bronchitis, sinusitis or otitis. Preventing influenza also prevents these secondary problems associated with the flu.
I don't get sick often so why should I get the flu shot?
When you get your yearly influenza vaccination, you are not only protecting yourself, but also protecting the people you love and people in your community who are at higher risk for serious complications. Babies, elderly and people with weakened immune systems are at greater risk for complications from influenza, including pneumonia and death.
What if the flu shot makes me sick?
While you can't get the flu from the flu shot, some mild muscle aches and even a low grade fever are not uncommon for a day or two following the flu shot. However, these symptoms are nothing in comparison to influenza, which can cause high fever and severe debilitating muscle aches. And, depending on a person's immune system, the flu can progress to serious complications. Learn More