Vaccines are not just for kids! All adults should have:

Influenza (flu) vaccine every year
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. Getting the flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available each year is always a good idea, and the protection you get from vaccination will last throughout the flu season. Although fall is the best time to get it, the vaccine usually continues to be available through early spring.

Td or Tdap vaccine
Every adult should get the current Tdap vaccine once if they did not receive it as an adolescent to protect against pertussis (whooping cough), and then a Td (tetanus, diphtheria) booster shot every 10 years. In addition, women should get the Tdap vaccine each time they are pregnant, preferably at 27 through 36 weeks.

Other vaccines you may need as an adult are determined by factors such as:

  • Age
  • Lifestyle
  • Health conditions
  • Job
  • International travel
  • Any previous vaccines you have received

Learn more about what other vaccines may be recommended for by taking this short vaccine quiz at: http://www2.cdc.gov/nip/adultimmsched/

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Vaccines Are Available at Health Services for Current COM Students

  • Measles, mumps, and rubella
  • tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis)
  • hepatitis B


$25 per injection
Program support provided by Associated Students of College of Marin (ASCOM)

Tips for Preventing Illness from the Flu

  1. Get vaccinated
  2. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  3. Stay home when you are sick. FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS INCLUDE: fever cough sore throat runny or stuffy nose, body aches headache chills fatigue. Contact your instructors to let them know you are ill.
  4. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing.  Avoid coughing and sneezing into your palms. 
  5. Washing your hands frequently will help protect you from germs.  If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizers.  College of Marin has Sani-Hands all over campus to help prevent spread of germs.
  6. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.  Hands touch surfaces that may be contaminated with germs thus spreading these germs.

Influenza (flu vaccine) shots are now available to uninsured or underinsured students (anyone with significant co-pays or having to pay full price at CVS, Walgreens, etc. qualify) and will continue until supply has been depleted.  Cost $2.

In an Emergency

If you are experiencing a life threatening emergency call 911; in an urgent situation, please call ex. 7455 from any campus phone or (415) 485-9455 from your cellular phone for the campus police. To reach the nurse dial 7458 from any campus phone or (415) 485-9458.

The Student Health Center is not open weekends or holidays. There is no on-call service available. Services are available when classes are in session to currently enrolled students on weekdays.