The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.
Flu Vaccine Clinics
UWT Student Health is partnering with WA DOH and UW IVP to offer expanded free flu vaccine clinics this year! Students aged 18 and younger can get free MMR and Meningitis ACWY vaccinations at no cost. Students aged 19 and older are not eligible to receive the MMR or Meningitis ACWY vaccinations at these clinics. Students, staff, and faculty of all ages can receive the COVID, flu, and mpox (if eligible) vaccinations at no cost. Make an appointment to access vaccines. No insurance required.
Thursday, October 5th from 10am-2pm in Milgard 301
Thursday, November 2nd from 10am-2pm in Milgard 110
UW Tacoma-area flu vaccine options
In addition to primary care providers, most pharmacies and walk-in clinics offer the flu vaccine during flu season in the fall, which typically occurs between early summer and late fall to winter. It’s best to get the flu vaccine before the flu starts circulating or as soon as it is available in clinics and pharmacies, although it is never too early or late to get the vaccine.
People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:
Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
Runny or stuffy nose
Muscle or body aches
Fatigue (very tired)
Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
How Flu Spreads
Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or possibly their nose.