Active flu strains are different each year, so even if you got a flu shot last year, you still need to get this year's vaccine. Eligible MIT community members (MIT Medical patients and all employees, students, affiliates, and retirees) can get flu shots by coming to a walk-in flu clinic (see schedule below) or by making an appointment.
Getting your flu shot
We have completed our 2014 flu clinics. However, flu vaccine is still readily available. If you need to obtain a flu shot and receive your care at MIT Medical please contact your Primary Care Providers office. If you do not have a Primary Care Provider, please call 617-253-4481. If you do not receive your care at MIT Medical, please contact your own Primary Care Provider or you can obtain the vaccine at a local pharmacy such as CVS.
Other places to get a flu vaccination
If you are ineligible to get a flu shot at MIT, you may be able to get one at:
- A retail pharmacy (you will be charged a fee)
- Your own healthcare provider
- A clinic in your hometown
- Your local department of public health
Since one of the most severe complications of influenza is the increased risk of developing bacterial pneumonia, pneumococcal vaccine (Pneumovax) is recommended for:
- Adults aged 65 or older
- Smokers of any age
- People with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, and several others.
An additional pneumococcal vaccine, Prevnar-13, gives a higher level of immunity than Pneumovax and is receommended in addition to Pneumovax for adults over 65 and others with certain chronic medical conditions.