In no other year has a flu shot been more important. Influenza closely resembles COVID-19 with symptoms like fever and cough, so it’s hard to tell the difference. Without a flu immunization, you’re at risk of contracting both flu and COVID-19, perhaps simultaneously even. The healthcare system will be strained due to the similarities, so that’s why protecting yourself with a flu shot is vital to public health. It’s also important that you get your flu shot early in the season. After getting a flu vaccine, it takes about two weeks for your body to develop the antibodies that will protect you from influenza.
Want more info? Check out our blog post describing the dangers of flu during the COVID-19 pandemic, and responses to common vaccine criticisms.
Flu Shot Fridays – For WSU students, faculty and staff*
- September 25, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center
- October 2, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center
- October 9, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center
- October 16, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center
- Wednesday, October 21, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Chinook Student Center – ASWSU Co-Sponsored Event
- October 23, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Chinook Student Center – ASWSU Co-Sponsored Event
- October 30, noon – 6:00 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center
- November 6, noon – 6:00 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center
*We are unable to give a flu vaccine to anyone under the age of 18 who is not a WSU student, or anyone who is pregnant.
Can’t make a Friday? Students can make an appointment for a flu shot, by calling Cougar Health Services at 509-335-3575.
- Prior to your arrival, check for COVID-19 symptoms like fever, cough, shortness of breath, or headache. If showing any symptoms, please do not attend the event. See the full CDC symptoms list here.
- If you know or think you’ve been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, please do not attend the event. See self-quarantine resources for assistance.
- Complete the required attestation via myWSU prior to your arrival. You must show proof that you completed the attestation before entering.
- Staff will check your temperature before you can gain access to the building. If your temperature reads 100.4⁰F or higher, you will be asked to return at a later time.
- Wear a mask.
- Stay six feet away from others.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Bring you medical insurance information.
Flu shots are covered 100% by most insurance plans. You can enlist the help of our billing office at 509-335-3575 if you have questions about coverage or you’re currently without medical insurance.
Make sure to bring your insurance card! We will not take payment at the time of service for Flu Shot Fridays, but we will get your insurance information for billing.
Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center: Parking is free during event times to Flu Shot Friday participants in the lot by the Cultural Center west entrance.
Student Recreation Center: Visitors will get 90 minutes of free parking. Simply stop by the SRC parking permit vending machine located inside the SRC and follow the on-screen instructions to get your first 90 minutes of parking for FREE. Additional time can be purchased for $0.50/hour. Minimum $1.00 credit card purchase still applies. Please note, this offer is only valid in the SRC parking lot. Payment is still required in the Tennis Court parking lot. For more details and directions, visit urec.wsu.edu/facilities/parking/.
Chinook: The closest available parking is inside the Holland & Terrell Library parking garage. This is metered hourly parking.