Yes. It is essential that everyone who can get a flu shot takes the time to do so. Flu is always a dangerous disease, but it can be even more deadly when combined with the risks associated with COVID-19.
Yes. The 2021 campus flu clinics will happen at Walker Memorial (Building 50).
Yes. MIT Medical is making flu shots available to all Covid Pass eligible employees and campus residents.
You can, but we encourage you to consider other options. Although you are eligible to come to MIT to get your shot, all MIT-sponsored insurance plans will allow you to get a flu shot anywhere Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is accepted.
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.
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.
- You can receive documentation via Covid Pass.
- You can contact our Medical Records team (firstname.lastname@example.org), and we’ll track down the information you need.
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. Even wearing a mask helps protect you against the flu!
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 come to campus if you have symptoms.
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