COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a virus named SARS-CoV-2 that was discovered in December 2019. The coronavirus is very contagious and has quickly spread around the world.
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Last updated: September 26, 2022
As part of our ongoing efforts to protect the health of faculty, staff, learners and volunteers, UCSF is once again offering free influenza vaccines at various UCSF locations to prevent the spread of the disease in our community. Here is what you need to know:
UCSF Occupational Health Services (OHS) is offering a series of flu shot clinics at many different campuses and building locations.
Check out the schedule of flu shot clinics
Everyone must complete the Digital Screener prior to arriving at any vaccination clinic and must wear a mask while in the vaccination clinics.
If you receive your flu shot from UCSF, you will be sent an email confirmation within 48 to 72 hours, and the record is automatically submitted to UCSF OHS.
If you receive your flu vaccination from a provider outside UCSF, please submit the record via the OHS Portal (note that VPN MyAccess is required).
BCH Oakland employees can obtain drop-in flu shots at Employee Health starting September 27, Monday through Friday from 7 to 9 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. For flu shots received outside UCSF, records should be emailed to [email protected].
Last Updated: August 30, 2022
Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at higher risk of serious flu complications.
Where can employees and learners get a flu vaccine at UCSF?
Faculty, staff, learners and volunteers can get a flu vaccine at various UCSF locations.
What do I need to do before getting a flu shot at UCSF?
All faculty, staff and learners must complete the Daily Health Screener prior to arriving at any vaccination clinic and must wear a mask while in the vaccination clinics, in elevators and on campus shuttles.
Where can UCSF Health patients get a flu vaccine?
UCSF offers flu shots for patients at clinics in San Francisco, San Mateo, Oakland, and Walnut Creek. Some clinics vaccinate adults, some vaccinate kids, and some do both. See below for clinic details, including locations, dates and times, and where to call for an appointment. For more information, visit UCSF Health flu shot clinics webpage.
Who should get a flu vaccine?
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a flu shot for most people age 6 months and older. During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it's more important than ever to be vaccinated because if flu season coincides with a another COVID-19 surge it could overwhelm our health systems.
The flu vaccine reduces the risk of infection, hospitalization and death. It also protects vulnerable individuals like children, the elderly and people with a weakened immune system (such as anyone with cancer), who are more likely to get severely ill.
The vaccine is especially important for people at higher risk of complications from the flu, including:
- Pregnant women
- People with certain medical conditions, including asthma, diabetes and chronic lung disease
- People who live with or provide care to infants
- Adults age 65 and older
- Children age 5 and younger
More information about flu vaccines is posted on the CDC website.
Last Updated: September 26, 2022
MPX is an infectious disease that's currently spreading in the United States. It's transmitted through close contact and causes a rash on various parts of the body. The MPX virus is part of the same family of viruses as variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. MPX symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms but milder, and it is rarely fatal and most people recover without treatment in a few weeks. In alignment with the CDPH and the SFDPH, UCSF is referring to monkeypox as MPX (pronounced “em-pox”).
You can learn more about MPX and what to do if you may have been exposed from the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the CDC.
Where can I get an MPX vaccine?
UCSF Health provides vaccination against MPX for all eligible people. UCSF provides vaccination against MPX for all eligible individuals. You don't need to be a UCSF patient to schedule this vaccine at our clinic.
Please do not come to UCSF's emergency department MPX vaccines or testing. For details about vaccination eligibility and how to get MPX vaccines at UCSF, please visit the UCSF Health MPX webpage.
When can I get a second dose of the MPX vaccine?
Second doses for the MPX vaccine at UCSF Health can be scheduled at least 28 days after the first dose.
Who is eligible for a MPX vaccine?
If you have been exposed to monkeypox, getting vaccinated may keep you from getting sick. Vaccination is most effective within four days of exposure but can help up to 14 days later.
Vaccine supplies are limited and currently available only to high-risk populations, according to the San Francisco Department of Public Health. The following people who live and work in San Francisco are eligible to receive the vaccine:
- Gay, bisexual, and other men or trans people who have sex with men
- Sex workers of any sexual orientation or gender identity
- People who had close contact in the past 14 days with someone who has suspected or confirmed monkeypox
- People who had close contact in the past 14 days with others at a venue, event or social gathering where a suspected or confirmed monkeypox case was identified
- Laboratory workers who routinely perform monkeypox virus testing
- Care providers who had a high-risk exposure at work, such as handling monkeypox specimens without personal protective equipment
What do I need to do before getting a MPX vaccine at UCSF?
All faculty, staff and learners must complete the Digital Screener prior to arriving at any vaccination clinic and must wear a mask while in the vaccination clinics, in elevators and on campus shuttles.
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These charts track the prevalence and concentration of viral sequences in San Francisco wastewater taken at the San Francisco Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant. If you need charts specific to COVID-19 infection rates at UCSF, please see our COVID-19 dashboard.
How Wastewater Tracking Works
Asymptomatic and symptomatic people shed viruses
The viruses are excreted in feces
Feces are transported to the sewage system
Wastewater samples are taken at the sewage treatment plant
The wastewater is analyzed for viral sequences
The data is shared to inform public health actions
SARS Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19) Concentration in San Francisco Wastewater
The following graph shows the relative number of SARS-CoV-2 viral copies present in wastewater samples compared to levels of a common plant pathogen known as pepper mild mottle virus (PMMoV). PMMoV is used as a baseline to normalize against other viral pathogens. Increases or decreases in SARS-CoV-2 viral copies in wastewater can be correlated with overall case numbers in a population. The Y-axis represents number of viral copies, and the X-axis represents the week of sample collection, with the date corresponding to the last day of that week. Download the source data
Last Updated: April 21, 2023
Monkeypox Virus (MPXV) Concentration in San Francisco Wastewater
The following graph shows the relative number of MPXV viral copies present in wastewater samples compared to levels of a common plant pathogen known as pepper mild mottle virus (PMMoV). PMMoV is used as a baseline to normalize against other viral pathogens. Increases or decreases in MPXV viral copies in wastewater can be correlated with overall case numbers in a population. The Y-axis represents number of viral copies, and the X-axis represents the week of sample collection, with the date corresponding to the last day for that week. Download the source data
Last Updated: April 21, 2023