Yes. This year it is essential that everyone who can get a flu shot takes the time to do so. Flu is always a dangerous disease, and it can be even more deadly when combined with the risks associated with COVID-19.
Yes, but only by appointment and spots are limited. The 2020 campus flu clinics have ended, so we recommend you get your flu vaccine at a retail pharmacy such as CVS or Walgreens, or at a community clinic.
No. This year, the flu clinic is only open to MIT Medical patients and students and employees who are participating in the Covid Pass program. You should get your shot from your own care provider, at a retail pharmacy like CVS or Walgreens, or at a flu clinic in your community.
Yes. MIT requires all students living anywhere in the United States to get a flu shot.
Medical exemptions must come from your doctor and must state the reason you cannot get the vaccine. Religious exemptions must state that a vaccine conflicts with your sincerely held religious beliefs. In either case, you must upload a document using this online form (Kerberos required). You are exempt from getting a flu shot if you are living outside of the United States, but you will be required to get your shot as soon as you return to the U.S.
You must submit proof of your vaccine by 10/30/2020 or risk a registration hold for second semester.
Medical exemptions must come from your doctor and must state the reason you cannot get the vaccine. Religious exemptions must state that a vaccine conflicts with your sincerely held religious beliefs. In either case, you must upload a document using this online form (Kerberos required).
Not until you return to the United States. If you need an exemption because you are currently living outside of the U.S., use the online exemption form to upload a letter explaining your situation. We recognize that it is difficult for some of our students — particularly those in the Southern Hemisphere — to find flu vaccine this time of year. However, you are encouraged to get a flu shot where you are, if possible.
You will be required to get a flu shot as soon as you return to the U.S., and if you are in the Cambridge are, you can get your shot at MIT Medical.
You can, but we encourage you to consider other options. Although you are eligible to come to MIT to get your shot, we strongly encourage you to get your flu shot elsewhere if you can. All MIT-sponsored insurance plans will allow you to get a flu shot anywhere Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is accepted. Getting your flu shot at another location helps us keep the number of people on campus low.
Adults will need just one vaccination. Children between 6 months and 9 years of age who are getting a flu vaccination for the first time will need two doses, spaced at least a month apart.
Yes, but only if they have a primary care provider at MIT Medical. However, we strongly encourage you to get your shot elsewhere if possible, so we can minimize crowding on campus during the pandemic.
If you can’t attend a walk-in clinic, you will need to get your flu shot elsewhere, or call your care provider and schedule an appointment.
Probably, but you may want to check with your insurance provider. Depending on your insurance coverage, you may be able to get a flu shot at a retail pharmacy like CVS Minute Clinic with no out-of-pocket costs. Certain restrictions apply, based on the type of coverage you have. All MIT-sponsored insurance plans allow for flu shots anywhere that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is accepted.
There are several ways to get documentation of your shot:
- You can request written documentation at the clinic.
- If you have a HealthELife account with MIT Medical, you can log on and print documentation of your immunizations in late October.
- You can contact our Medical Records team (firstname.lastname@example.org), and we’ll track down the information you need.
Contact your insurance company, and ask them to provide evidence of your shot. Then send it our way via the online submission form.
Submit your flu shot documentation (PDF or JPG — a cellphone photo is fine) via our online submission form.
Yes, but not at MIT Medical’s walk-in clinics. FluBlok is a flu vaccine that is produced without chicken eggs. MIT Medical offers FluBlok shots by appointment for MIT Medical patients only. If you’ve had a reaction to egg in the past—hives, for example—speak to your primary care provider before you get a flu shot.
The precautions you are taking to avoid COVID-19 will also help you avoid the flu. Viruses are typically spread through uncovered coughs and sneezes. You can become sick through close contact with other people or after touching a contaminated surface, and then touching your eyes, mouth, or nose.
Follow these guidelines to protect yourself and others:
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water for 20 seconds each time. You can also use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home and avoid others if you are feeling sick.
To prevent the spread of illness, disinfect commonly touched hard surfaces in the workplace by wiping them down with a household disinfectant according to directions on the product label. This includes countertops, doorknobs, telephones, copy machines, workstations, and bathroom surfaces. Studies have shown that flu viruses do not remain infectious on environmental surfaces for more than eight hours. Frequent hand washing is the best way to avoid infection from contaminated surfaces.
MIT is cleaning all surfaces every day during the pandemic, but this shouldn’t prevent you from being extra cautious and keeping surfaces clean whenever possible.
The flu and COVID-19 have similar symptoms, so it is hard to know which disease you may have contracted. In fact, most sources refer to COVID-19 symptoms as “flu-like symptoms.” To be sure, call your primary care provider directly. They may ask you to take a COVID-19 test.
If you are a Covid Pass participant and feel ill for any reason, list your symptoms on the Covid Pass app, then stay home and wait for MIT Medical to contact you. Do not get in the Covid Pass line to be tested for COVID-19.
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