University of California system to require flu shots for all students and staff

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The system said its preventative measure meant to ease the overlap of coronavirus with the flu season, which could cause added stress to the health care system.

In this Jan. 25, 2017, file photo, members of the University of California Board of Regents listen to testimony from employees and students in San Francisco. The University of California will lower tuition by $60 for the upcoming academic year. The UC Board of Regents approved the decrease Thursday. It’s the university system’s first tuition decrease in nearly two decades. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

CALIFORNIA (News Nation/KTXL) — A flu shot will be required for “all members of the UC community”, according to a press release from the University of California system Friday.

The executive order said staff, faculty and students will need to have received a shot before Nov. 1.

The system said its preventative measure meant to ease the overlap of coronavirus with the flu season, which could cause added stress to the health care system. 

The executive order is an important proactive measure to help protect members of the UC community — and the public at large — and to ameliorate the severe burdens on health care systems anticipated during the coming fall and winter from influenza and COVID-19 illnesses.

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According to the release, there will be a process for faculty and staff to request medical exemptions. 

The UC system says it already has a policy on immunizations for students and that this order will include flu shots into that policy.

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