Influenza vaccinations are now available at our primary care clinics

UC Davis always encourages our patients to be vaccinated against influenza. Due to the merging of flu season and the COVID-19 pandemic, maximizing your protection against respiratory illnesses like the flu is even more important.

UC Davis primary care clinics are now offering flu vaccinations to their regular patients within regular office hours (as always, subject to supply availability).

It takes about two weeks after the shot for immunity to build up – so we encourage you to get vaccinated as soon as you can. Options:

At primary care offices

Our patients do not need to schedule an appointment to receive the flu vaccine at their primary care physician's office. However, we do encourage you to schedule an appointment in order to reduce your possible wait time, and to help assist us in our social distancing efforts during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We appreciate your consideration during this unique time.

Patients can self-schedule their appointment via MyUCDavisHealth, or call their primary care clinic to schedule. 

To schedule a flu vaccine via MyUCDavisHealth, click “Make an Appointment” and select “Flu Shot.” Then follow the prompts to choose your appointment options, which will vary based on whether you have received flu vaccination in prior years.

At the Ellison Ambulatory Care Center pharmacy

For existing UC Davis Health patients, flu vaccinations are also available on a drop-in basis at the pharmacy in the Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center on our Sacramento medical center campus, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Please follow signage and staff instructions regarding social distancing in the building and waiting areas.

Drive-through appointments

This year you can also request a drive-through flu shot appointment at select UC Davis Health clinics throughout the region, including in the communities of Elk Grove, Davis, Rancho Cordova, Roseville and Sacramento. For availability and scheduling, check MyUCDavisHealth or contact your provider’s office.

Important notes:

  • Patients must be scheduled in advance for a drive-through appointment. No drop in drive-through patients will be allowed.
  • Drive-through vaccinations are limited to those who have received a previous influenza vaccine in past years.
  • Driver must be 18 years of age and older.
  • Pediatric patients must be 9 years of age and older, with a parent or guardian in the vehicle.
  • When there are multiple patients in one vehicle, there should be no more than one arm per window.

More about the flu and the flu vaccine

  • Flu can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.
  • Most people who get influenza will recover in several days to less than two weeks, but some people will develop complications as a result of the flu.
  • Every year, 40 to 60 million Americans get the flu, and 12,000 to 61,000 of them die.
  • Flu regularly ranks among the top ten causes of death in the U.S. 
  • Getting both the flu and COVID-19 together – or one after the other – could lead to major health issues.
  • It is especially important that people in some groups get flu vaccinations, such as:
    • People at high risk of having serious flu-related complications. For example, flu is particularly dangerous for the elderly, people with underlying health conditions, and children. 
    • People who live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications. The flu shot helps protect both you and the people you love. 
  • There are some people who should not get a flu vaccine without first consulting a physician.
  • The vaccine does not give you the flu. Even a low fever or muscle soreness are signs the vaccine is working.
  • The flu vaccine is updated every year, to combat the flu viruses that research indicates are most likely to cause illness during the upcoming season.
  • Virtually all insurance plans cover the cost of the flu shot. (As always, inquire with your provider’s office or insurance plan if you’re not sure).
  • Flu shots are one of the ways we protect our own patients. All UC Davis Health employees are required to get one, with limited exceptions.

For background and details on this year's vaccine, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).