Yale Health

Flu Shot Information

FOR ADULTS (18 years and older)*

Yale staff, faculty, students and Yale Health members ages 18 and older.  

DATE
TIME
LOCATION
Friday, Oct. 7 10 AM-3 PM Yale Health Center (Senior and high risk only*)
Tuesday, Oct. 11 10 AM-3 PM Med School, Harkness Lounge
Friday, Oct. 14 10 AM-3 PM Yale Health Center
Wednesday, Oct. 26 10 AM-3 PM Schwarzman Center, President’s Room (Woolsey Hall)
Friday, Oct. 28 10 AM-3 PM Med School, Harkness Lounge
Friday, Nov. 4 10 AM-2 PM West Campus, School of Nursing
Wednesday, Nov. 9 10 AM-3 PM Yale Health Center
Friday, Nov. 18 1 PM-6 PM Yale Health Center
Tuesday, Dec. 6 1 PM-6 PM Yale Health Center

 Remember to wear clothes that allow you to easily reveal your upper arm.

 Remember to bring your Yale University ID badge.

*High risk adults include pregnant women, people with health conditions, those 65 and older, and travelers)

FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN

All family flu clinics are available on a walk-in basis to children 6 months and older who are Yale Health members and their parents who are Yale University employees or Yale Health members. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No registration is necessary.

DATE
TIME
LOCATION
Saturday, Oct. 8 9 AM-1 PM Yale Health Center, Pediatrics Department
Wednesday, Oct. 19 4:30 PM-7 PM Yale Health Center, Pediatrics Department
Saturday, Oct. 29 9 AM-1 PM Yale Health Center, Pediatrics Department
Saturday, Nov. 12 9 AM-1 PM Yale Health Center, Pediatrics Department
Wednesday, Nov. 16 4:30 PM-7 PM Yale Health Center, Pediatrics Department
Wednesday, Nov. 30 4:30 PM-7 PM Yale Health Center, Pediatrics Department
Saturday, Dec. 10 9 AM-1 PM Yale Health Center, Pediatrics Department

Please note that as per the latest CDC recommendations, we will not be offering the nasal Flumist this year, as it has been found to be less effective than the injectable vaccine.

Remember to wear clothes that allow you to easily reveal your upper arm.

Remember to bring your Yale University ID badge.

 

*A note for patients 65 and older

At Yale Health flu clinics, we provide the standard dose, quadrivalent vaccine. “Quadrivalent” means that the vaccine is made to match four strains of the flu virus that are expected to be the most common ones in the coming flu season.  This vaccine is approved for all patients over 6 months of age.

 A high dose “trivalent” vaccine is also approved for use in adults 65 and older. This vaccine covers three strains, but uses a higher dose in order to get a stronger immune reaction from your body.

If you are over 65 and are interested in the high dose vaccine, you will need to get that vaccine in Preventive Health* at the Yale Health Center (2nd floor) or from your health care provider. The information below may help you decide what is best for you. 

Why is a higher dose vaccine available for adults 65 and older?

Our immune systems become weaker with age, which places older people at greater risk of severe illness from influenza. A higher dose of the vaccine is supposed to give older people a better immune response, and better protection against flu.

Is the high-dose vaccine safe?

The safety of the high-dose vaccine is similar to regular flu vaccines, although some reactions occur more often with the high dose vaccine. The most common side effects have included pain and redness at the injection site, headache, muscle aches, and feeling sick. Most people had very mild or no side effects after receiving the high-dose vaccine.

Do experts recommend one vaccine above another for people 65 and older?

Public Health experts have not recommended one type of flu vaccine more highly than another for people 65 and older. They advise getting any type of flu vaccination as the first and most important step in protecting against the flu.

*Only Yale Health members and retirees who get their primary care at Yale Health may go to Preventive Health for the high dose trivalent vaccine.