UCSF Primary Care Is Now Offering Flu Shots

Dr. Coleen Kivlahan, executive medical director of UCSF Primary Care, discusses common myths and facts about the flu vaccine.

It is never too early to start thinking about getting your 2017-2018 influenza vaccine (flu shot).

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older receive a flu vaccine. A flu shot is especially important for people at higher risk of complications from the flu, including:

  • Pregnant women
  • People who have certain medical conditions, including asthma, diabetes and chronic lung disease
  • People who live with or provide care to infants
  • Adults aged 65 and above
  • Children aged 5 and below

Some people should NOT receive a flu shot without first speaking with their providers. This includes people who:

  • Have had a bad reaction to the flu shot in the past
  • Are allergic to chicken eggs
  • Have a fever on the day they are scheduled for a flu shot

To get a flu shot at UCSF, you can either:

  • Ask for a flu shot during any appointment with your primary care provider or at the Screening and Acute Care Clinic.
  • Call your primary care practice to make an appointment for a flu shot if you are a patient at Women's Health Primary Care, Primary Care at Laurel Village or Primary Care at China Basin. The schedule for January flu clinics is as follows:

Women's Health Primary Care
Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m. – noon and 1 – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesdays, 1 – 4:30 p.m.
Fridays, 8:30 a.m. – noon and 1 – 4:30 p.m.

Primary Care at Laurel Village
Mondays, 8 – 11:30 a.m.
Tuesdays, 8 – 11:30 a.m. and 1 – 4:30 p.m.
Thursdays, 8 – 11:30 a.m.
Fridays, 1 – 4:30 p.m.

Primary Care at China Basin
Mondays, 8 – 11:30 a.m.
Tuesdays, 8 – 11:30 a.m. and 1 – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesdays, 1 – 4:30 p.m.
Thursdays, 8 – 11:30 a.m.
Fridays, 1 – 4:30 p.m.

As part of maintaining excellence in care, UCSF keeps track of your immunization history. We understand that you may receive your flu shot somewhere else. If you receive it at any UCSF facility, it will automatically be recorded in your medical record. If you received your flu shot from another medical provider or pharmacy, please notify us of the date and we will include it in your UCSF medical record.

Important: The nasal-spray FluMist vaccine is not available for the 2017-2018 flu season and anyone seeking flu vaccination should receive an injectable shot.

 

Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Medical Center.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or health care provider. We encourage you to discuss with your doctor any questions or concerns you may have.