As flu season approaches, Keck Medicine of USC staff, faculty and visitors are encouraged to get a flu vaccine.

If you are a faculty physician or a staff member of Keck Medicine of USC, you can receive your vaccine through Employee Health Services in USC Healthcare Center 1, or the Evaluation and Treatment Center on the first floor of Keck Hospital of USC.

Staff and faculty are reminded that once again this year — in light of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health mandate — all Keck Medicine of USC personnel are required to either receive a flu vaccination or wear a facemask if within three feet of a patient. This includes physicians, researchers, admitting representatives, volunteers, direct patient-care givers, support services personnel and all other staff.

Employees can also receive a free flu vaccine at the HSC Pharmacy in USC Healthcare Center 1.

Staff and faculty who receive their vaccines will be given a special sticker to place on their badge. Proof of vaccination from other locations will be accepted.

Students may receive flu vaccines at the Eric Cohen Student Health Center. Vaccines are free with USC’s student health insurance or $15 without.

Patients and visitors are advised to check with their physicians before receiving a flu vaccine, but can visit the HSC Pharmacy for vaccinations. Cost depends on insurance coverage, or is $28 without insurance.

— By Talar Shahinian