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 3 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 Jerome 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
- 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.