Hey, remember that other respiratory virus that’s also a major pain in the ass?

So you’ve gotten your COVID-19 vaccine, and maybe you’ve even gotten a third dose by this point. But is something inside you still aching for the high of protecting yourself against a dangerous respiratory virus? Well, you’re in luck, because flu shot season is in full swing.

In all seriousness, while there was “unusually low” flu activity last year (according to the CDC), that does not mean you don’t need to worry about the flu this year. Indeed, some experts say that flu season this year could be a bit more intense, according to the Atlantic. And no, COVID-19 vaccines do not protect against the flu. You need both the COVID-19 vaccine and the yearly flu shot to protect against both viruses.

Below are some of the most convenient places to get the jab for Columbia students:


Flu Fairs are in Lerner every weekday with no out-of-pocket cost for Columbia affiliates. Hours are as follows:

Mondays: 10 am to 6 pm
Tuesdays to Thursdays: 9 am to 5 pm
Fridays: 7 am to 3 pm

Flu Fairs are walk-in only, and all Morningside-based students, faculty, and staff. Don’t forget to bring your CUID, and the Flu Fairs will end on October 29.


Flu vaccines are available at Primary Health Care Services by appointment. With student Aetna insurance, flu vaccines come at no out-of-pocket cost. According to PCHS, “For students with outside insurance, there will be a charge at the time of the appointment, but reimbursement may be available depending on your outside insurance.”

Duane Reade:

Duane Reade offers flu shots by appointment or by walk-in. The closest location is on 111th street and Broadway. Be sure to have your insurance information on hand, as there may or may not be a co-pay.


CVS also offers flu shots by appointment or by walk-in, and the closest location is on 110th street and Broadway. Again, be sure to bring insurance information.

Update October 13 at 10:01 am: This post has been updated to better describe the Lerner Flu fairs.

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