Flu / COVID Resources


Free Flu Shots for UIUC Students

  • Please call the Immunization and Travel Clinic to set an appointment: 217-333-2702
  • Bring your University of Illinois ID card at the time of service
  • Please wear attire that provides access to your upper arm
  • McKinley Health Center encourages everyone to get their flu shot

What Viruses Do Vaccines Protect Against?

There are many flu viruses and they are constantly changing. The composition of U.S. flu vaccines is reviewed annually and updated to match circulating flu viruses. Flu vaccines protect against the three or four viruses that research suggests will be most common.

For the 2023-2024 Influenza season, McKinley Health Center will offer a four-component vaccine containing protection against the following Influenza A and Influenza B viruses:

  • an A/Victoria/4897/2022 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
  • an A/Darwin/9/2021 (H3N2)-like virus;
  • a B/Austria/1359417/2021-like virus (B/Victoria lineage); and
  • a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (B/Yamagata lineage).

McKinley Health Center is using the Fluzone 23-24 and Fluarix 23-24 influenza (flu) vaccines during the 2023-2024 flu season. Both vaccines are quadrivalent.

See the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) flu page for additional information.

COVID-19 Information


COVID-19 Vaccine

McKinley Health Center endorses the recommendation by the CDC for the newly FDA-approved 2023-2024 COVID-19 shots for everyone over the age of 6 months. McKinley currently does not have the new COVID-19 vaccine, but the vaccine is available at all local Pharmacies and community clinics.  For people with Health Insurance, most plans cover the vaccine at no cost. Per the Illinois Department of Public Health, individuals who don’t have health insurance or if their health insurance plans do not cover the cost can get a free vaccine from the local public health centers and pharmacies.


Covid self tests are available at the following Self Care Stations locations:

  • McKinley Health Center 1109 S. Lincoln Ave Urbana- Front Lobby
  • Illini Union- Lower Level
  • Illini Union Vending Machine- 1st Floor
  • Illini Union Quad Shop
  • Illini Union Book Store
  • Grainger Library Vending Machine- 1301 Springfield Ave Urbana
  • Ikenberry Commons Vending Machine- 301 E Gregory Dr. Champaign
  • ACES Library Vending Machine- 1101 S. Goodwin Ave Urbana ** Coming Soon

COVID-19 Information:

COVID Isolation and Precautions - CUPHD (c-uphd.org)

What To Do if You Are Sick or Test Positive for COVID-19 (illinois.gov)