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. More information about this year's vaccine is available from the CDC.
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 or by making an appointment.
Getting your flu shot
Our 2015 flu clinics will be held at our Cambridge and Lexington campuses in October. Please see our clinic schedule to find a date and location that works for you.
If you can't make it to a walk-in clinic but need a vaccination and you have a primary care provider (PCP) at MIT, schedule an appointment by calling your PCP's office; if you do not have a primary care provider, please call MIT Medical at 617-253-4481 to select one.
If you do not receive your care at MIT Medical, please contact your own primary care provider. You can obtain the vaccine elsewhere, such as at a local pharmacy. For more information about these and other options, please call MIT Medical's Flu Line at 617-253-4865.
Eligibility: Cambridge walk-in clinics
- MIT students
- MIT employees
- MIT affiliates
- MIT retirees
- All enrolled family members (age 10+) of MIT Traditional Health Plan members
- Any individual enrolled family member (age 10+) of MIT Choice Health Plan members, if that individual's primary care provider is at MIT Medical
- All enrolled family members (age 10+) of MIT Affiliate Health Plan subscribers
Pregnant women may get their flu shots at a walk-in clinic or by appointment. Call your primary care provider's office or, if you don't have a PCP at MIT Medical, call MIT Medical's Flu Line at 617-253-1315 or OB/GYN at 617-253-1315.
Children aged 9 and under are not eligible to attend the Cambridge walk-in clinics and must make an appointment to receive their shots. Call MIT Medical's Pediatric Service at 617-253-1505 or MIT Medical's Flu Line at 617-253-4865. (Eligible children younger than 10 may attend the walk-in clinics in Lexington.) Please note: If this is the first time a child between the ages of 6 months and 9 years is receiving a flu vaccine, they will need two doses, one month apart.
Eligibility: Lexington walk-in clinics
- Lincoln Laboratory employees
- Lincoln Laboratory retirees
- All enrolled family members of MIT Traditional Health Plan members older than 1 year
- Any individual enrolled family member of MIT Choice Health Plan members, if that individual is older than 1 year and has a primary care provider at MIT Medical
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 health care 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.
For more information, see "Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine: What You Need to Know" [PDF]. To receive the pneumococcal vaccine, schedule an appointment with your primary care provider.