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Influenza (Flu)

Is the flu shot required?

On August 19, 2020 Massachusetts state public health officials announced that the flu shot is required for all students attending school, including college and universities. The flu vaccine requirement is a step in reducing the number of flu-related illness in order to preserve health resources for individuals diagnosed with COVID-19.

Students will be expected to have received a flu vaccine by December 31, 2020 for the 2020-2021 influenza season. New students entering between January 1 and March 31 must have received a dose of vaccine for the current flu season before entry. 

  • For older students, the flu vaccine requirement applies to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students under 30 years of age and all full- and part-time health science students.
  • The requirement includes individuals from outside the U.S. attending or visiting classes or educational programs in Massachusetts as part of an academic visitation or exchange program.
  • The only exception is for college and university students who exclusively attend classes online and never visit campus in person.
  • College students who attend any classes or activities on campus, even once, must be vaccinated by December 31.

I received my flu shot already, do I need to show proof?

Yes. Students are expected to submit documentation of 2020-20201 influenza vaccination per Massachusetts state mandate. If you received your flu shot on campus, no additional documentation is needed. If you received your vaccination off campus (primary care provider, pharmacy, work site, etc.) please submit a copy of your vaccination record to immunizations@northeastern.edu.

What is needed to show proof of 2020-2021 influenza vaccine?

The standards for proof of immunization includes a signed Consent to Treat form.  This form contains demographic information, the vaccine lot number, the date the vaccine was administered and signatures of the pharmacists/physician and student. Please be sure to ask for a copy or take a picture with your phone, before you leave the appointment. The copy or picture can be emailed to immunizations@northeastern.edu.  

A prescription receipt does not meet the verification standards, as it only reflects the purchase of a vaccine and not that it was administered. This documentation is required for any vaccine received off campus from a pharmacy.  If you have received the influenza immunization at your primary care office, please submit the official form .

What is influenza (flu)?

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. Influenza virus can cause mild to severe illness. Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to learn about the flu.

Why should I get flu vaccine?

Annual influenza (flu) vaccines are recommended for individuals 6 months of age and older, with few exceptions. Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization and death.

Getting a flu vaccine during the COVID-19 pandemic is more important than ever. Experts believe that the flu might make a person more susceptible to COVID and develop serious disease. They are also concerned about people who develop the flu, and thinking they have COVID-19, seek medical care that could inadvertently expose them to COVID-19. Lastly, getting a flu vaccine will help conserve potentially scarce health care resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.

When should I get a flu shot?

It takes about two weeks after the vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends getting a flu shot before the end of October, prior to the start of flu season.

Where can I get a flu vaccine?

  • Doctor’s office
  • Limited services clinic (e.g., CVS MinuteClinic®´)
  • Urgent care center
  • Community health center
  • Public access clinic sponsored by cities and towns
  • Outpatient department of a hospital

We recommend that you call to set up your visit in advance.

Where can I get a flu vaccine on and near the Boston main campus?

UHCS flu immunization clinics during the month of November will be hosted by CVS. Appointments are required in advance. The clinics will be held in the tent behind Willis Hall.

When signing up for an appointment, you will be prompted for your health insurance information. Please have your insurance card available. If you are student with NUSHP, you can access your insurance number, follow the directions described on our NUSHP webpage. If your health insurance does not cover influenza immunization, you can skip the insurance section. Students must bring their insurance card or policy information with them, the day of their appointment.

Saturday 11/14 9:00 am-5:00 pm *Register with this link

Monday 11/16 9:00 am-5:00 pm *Register with this link

Wednesday 11/18 12:00 pm-8:00 pm *Register with this link

Thursday 11/19 9:00 am-5:00 pm *Register with this link

Monday 11/23 9:00 am-5:00 pm *Register with this link

*Please note each date has a different registration link. Be sure to choose the link that corresponds with the date you would like an appointment.

Flu shots are currently available at UHCS by appointment only. Call UHCS at 617-373-2772 to schedule.

We recommend that you call to set up your visit in advance.

Fenway Health

  • 1340 Boylston (Ansin Building)
  • If not a patient, call 617.927.6000 to register
  • By appointment only- call 617.927.6000

CVS  

Schedule an appointment at https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/flu

Nearby Locations

  • 231 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA, 02115
  • 1249 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02115
  • 1341 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

Walgreens

  • 1630 Tremont St, Roxbury Crossing, MA, 02120
  • 841 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
  • 1603 Washing Street, Boston, MA 02118
  • 429 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

Additional resources:

Vaccine Finder

Does NUSHP cover the cost of the flu vaccine?

Yes. To learn more about NUSHP check out MyBlue and Where to Get Vaccinated on the Blue Cross Blue Shield website.

I am not on the Boston campus, where can I get a flu shot?

In addition to UHCS there are other available resources for the flu shot including: your primary care physician, local minute clinics and pharmacies, as well as your local town hall or public health department as many offer flu clinics throughout the fall. Please note, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, flu shot availability at these sites may be limited. Check out vaccine Finder for flu shot availability throughout the United States.

I am outside of US and received my flu shot, will this be accepted?

Yes. If you have been immunized between August 2020 and present, while outside of the US, please submit proof of vaccination to immunizations@northeastern.edu or fax 617.373.2601.

What if I cannot have vaccines due to medical or religious reasons?

Students who have a medical reason for not receiving an immunization, must submit a letter from their health care provider documenting the reason and diagnosis that prohibits receiving a vaccine and specify which vaccine. This letter can be submitted to UHCS via email immunizations@northeastern.edu or fax 617.373.2601.

Students who have a religious reason must submit a letter, authored by the student, expressing the reason for the exemption and include a signature and date. This letter can be submitted to UHCS via email immunizations@northeastern.edu or fax 617.373.2601.

Flu Prevention Tips

There are a variety of ways to keep yourself healthy during cold and flu season. From washing your hands, avoiding touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth, and staying home while you are sick. During the time of COVID-19 pandemic, please follow the university guidelines and report any symptoms on your daily wellness check.

Is it a cold or the flu?

When you don’t feel well, it may be confusing to figure out what is going on. Use this symptom to chart to provide some insight on what be going on. In addition, be sure to complete your daily wellness check.

What should I do if I get sick?

  • Stay home
  • Fill out the daily wellness check
  • Call UHCS or your primary care doctor
  • Take your temperature
  • Rest
  • Drink lots of fluids
  • Follow the directions of your medical provider