Columbia Health Flu Season Information
The most effective means to limit the spread of illness is to get a flu vaccine.
Columbia Health strongly encourages the Columbia community to take measures that safeguard their family, friends and colleagues during flu season. With just your Columbia University ID, you can receive a free flu vaccine. No appointments are needed - vaccines are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
Here is a list of all upcoming Flu Fairs for Fall 2019. Attend the flu fair event most convenient for you - all you need is your University ID card.
- Tuesday, October 1 from 11:00am - 4:00pm at the Broadway Room at Lerner Hall
- Thursday, October 10 from 11:00am - 2:00pm at the Jerome L. Greene Science Center
- Thursday, October 10 from 12:00pm - 6:00pm at Everett Lounge in Zankel Hall (Teachers College)
- Thursday, October 17 from 11:00am - 3:00pm at Drapkin Lounge in the Jerome L. Greene Hall (Law School)
- Tuesday, October 22 from 11:00am - 3:00pm at the Hepburn Room at Uris Hall (Business School)
- Wednesday, October 23 from 11:00am - 3:00pm at the 2nd Floor Student Lounge at 1255 Amsterdam Avenue (School of Social Work)
- Tuesday, October 29 from 10:00am - 2:00pm at Room 1501 at the International Affairs Building (School of International and Public Affairs)
- Tuesday, November 19 from 11:00am - 4:00pm at the Broadway Room at Lerner Hall
Columbia students, faculty, and staff on the Morningside Campus can receive a flu shot at Medical Services in John Jay Hall on a walk-in basis. Contact Medical Services at 212-854-7426 in advance to ensure we can accommodate your schedule. Columbia Health provides free flu shots to members of the Columbia community on the Morningside Campus, but not to their dependents (children, spouses, or domestic partners).
The following University-affiliated members must receive their flu shot at their school, department or a private provider:
- Dependents of Columbia Morningside campus members - must receive their flu shot at a participating local pharmacy or health care provider in the community. (Note: Children under 18 years of age are covered for the flu vaccine under the Columbia Student Insurance Dependent Plan.)
- Barnard students, faculty, and staff - must get their flu shot at the Barnard College Primary Care Health Services
- CUIMC students - must receive their flu shot at the CUIMC Student Health Center.
- CUIMC faculty and staff - must receive their vaccine through Workforce Health & Safety (WH&S), on Milstein Hospital Building 2nd floor and in Harkness Pavilion on the 1st and 7th floors, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Get a flu vaccine!
- Use good hand hygiene. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleansers are equally effective.
- Try to avoid casually touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Avoid close contact, such as hugging or kissing, with others who are ill.
- Avoid sharing food, utensils, cups and water bottles.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your elbow when coughing or sneezing.
- If you become ill, limit your contact with others to keep from exposing them.
- Disinfect surfaces with a household cleaner, focusing on light switches, handles, telephones, doorknobs and other surfaces people touch frequently.
- Remain in your residence hall or at home for at least 24 hours after you no longer have fever (without the use of medications that reduce fever, like Motrin or Tylenol).
CDC Guidelines for Seasonal Flu Shot
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued universal guidance recommending all individuals six (6) months of age or older receive the seasonal flu shot. It is especially important for those in the following high-risk groups to receive a shot due to risk of serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk of developing flu-related complications:
- Pregnant women
- Children younger than five (5) years of age
- People 50 years of age or older
- People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions (asthma, diabetes, etc.)
- People who live in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities
- People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from the flu, including:
- Healthcare workers
- Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications of the flu
- Household contacts or caregivers of children less than six (6) months old
The flu vaccine is generally safe and effective, and utilizes an inactivated flu vaccine, which contains killed viruses. The flu vaccine protects against multiple flu viruses.