Vaccines for both the seasonal and H1N1 flu will be available from UCF Health Services on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last to people with a UCF ID.

Faculty and staff are asked to bring a non-perishable food item in exchange for a free vaccine. The food donations will benefit the UCF Student Food Pantry.

Both flu viruses continue to circulate in Florida. Seasonal flu cases typically peak in February, and the number of H1N1 cases could surge again.

“January remains a perfect window of opportunity for more people to get vaccinated against influenza,” said Michael Deichen, M.D., UCF’s medical director. “The body needs time to build an immune response after the vaccine, so it’s important to get protected before the February peak.”

Both flu vaccines will be available in an injectable form, and the H1N1 vaccine also will be offered in a nasal spray version. Participants can receive both flu vaccines safely on the same day.

Those who arrive will receive an information sheet about the flu vaccine and a consent form that must be completed before receiving the vaccine. The information sheets can be viewed by clicking the following:

Seasonal flu vaccine;

Injectable H1N1 vaccine;

H1N1 nasal spray vaccine (not recommended for everyone)

Flu vaccines also are available by appointment at the UCF Health Center. Call 407-823-2701 to schedule an appointment. Seasonal flu vaccines given during appointments are $12 for students and $25 for faculty and staff, and the H1N1 vaccine is free for students and $10 for faculty and staff.

For the latest UCF information about seasonal flu and the H1N1 virus, visit UCF’s flu information page.