Get answers to the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the flu vaccine.
Questions and Answers about COVID-19 and the Flu
The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we do annual flu clinics. Read the FAQs about COVID-19 and the flu:
Will the flu shot protect me against the coronavirus?
The flu shot does not protect against COVID-19, but it does have many important benefits, including the ability to reduce the risk of hospitalization and death. Getting a flu shot this fall is very important in reducing your risk of flu illness, as well as helping to conserve potentially scarce health care resources. Visit the CDC website for more information.
What safety precautions are being taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus at flu clinics?
- A large space (the Aquatics Center Lobby) and a 50% reduction in patient capacity per day will allow us to follow infection control and social distancing recommendations.
- Our staff are required to wear masks at all times, and are screened daily for COVID-19 symptoms.
- Drop-in appointments are allowed. But wait times are minimal when you schedule an appointment online. This will allow us to maintain control of the environment and correctly follow infection prevention guidelines.
- All flu clinic attendees are required to wear a mask or face covering at our flu clinics. If you do not have an appropriate mask, we will provide one for you.
- All flu clinic attendees will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms before entering the clinic area. People with symptoms will have to reschedule their appointments.
- Our waiting areas and flu shot stations are arranged to accommodate social distancing.
- Flu shot stations will be disinfected after each patient.
- There will be a separate entrance (facing Harvard St SE) and exit (facing University Ave SE) requiring one-way foot traffic.
- Flu clinic attendees are not allowed to bring guests to their flu shot appointments, with exceptions for interpreters and personal care attendants.
Where will the flu shot clinics be located this year?
Almost all of the Fall 2020 flu shot clinics will be located in the lobby of the Jean K. Freeman Aquatics Center located at 123 Harvard Street SE. The entrance is adjacent to the main RecWell entrance.
We will also be holding two flu shot clinics in the St. Paul Student Center.
Where is the best place to park?
- For flu shot clinics in the Aquatics Center Lobby: the University Ave Ramp and the Washington Ave Ramp are the closest parking ramps.
- For flu shot clinics in the St. Paul Student Center: the Gortner Ave Ramp is the closest parking ramp.
- Parking costs will not be reimbursed.
Why Do We Say “Do It for the Herd!”?
Influenza is a serious, contagious disease. It can become widespread if few people get vaccinated. By getting a flu shot, you protect yourself and help stop the flu from spreading to your family, friends and the community.
When more people get vaccinated, fewer people get sick. It’s called “herd immunity.” So do it for the herd!
More Frequently Asked Questions
What else do people ask us about the flu and vaccinations? Scroll down to see our most frequently asked questions, and answers.