Flu clinics: Cambridge Campus
Eligibility: MIT community members (MIT Medical patients age 10+, and all employees, students, affiliates, and retirees) can get flu shots by coming to a walk-in flu clinic.
October 3, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Walker Memorial (Building 50)
October 16, 3 p.m.-7 p.m., Stratton Student Center (Building W20)
October 18, 3 p.m.-6 p.m., Tang Center (Building E51)
Flu Clinics: Lexington Campus
Eligibility: Lincoln Laboratory employees, Lincoln Laboratory retirees, all enrolled family members of MIT Traditional Health Plan older than 1 year, all enrolled members of MIT High Deductible Health Plan older than 1 year, any enrolled family member of MIT Choice Health Plan if that individual is older than 1 year and has a primary care provider at MIT Medical.
October 24, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Cafeteria via Main Entrance)
October 25, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Cafeteria via Main Entrance)
Pregnant patients may get a shot at an MIT Medical walk-in clinic or by calling MIT Medical’s Flu Line at 617-253-4865 to make an appointment. The vaccine given to pregnant patients is the exact same vaccine they receive at a walk-in clinic.
Pediatric patients (and their parents)
November 13- 16, 5 - 6:30 p.m., by appointment only, MIT Medical (E23-193). Call the Pediatrics Service at 617-253-1505 to make an appointment.
Parents who wish to receive their flu shot at the pediatric clinic must have a MIT Medical primary care provider.
Pediatric patients can also receive shots by appointment. Flu shots will be administered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Call MIT Medical’s Flu Line at 617-253-4865 to make an appointment.
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.
Patients 65 and older
For patients 65 and older. MIT Medical recommends they receive the Fluzone High-Dose vaccine, which is trivalent, protecting against two strains of influenza A (H1N1 and H3N2) and one strain of influenza B with four times as much antigen as in the standard flu vaccine. The high-dose vaccine is only available to patients ages 65 and older.
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 may 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.
Another pneumococcal vaccine, Prevnar-13, is also recommended for persons over 65 and persons with certain immune system problems.
For more information, see "Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine: What You Need to Know" or "Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine: What you need to know." To receive the pneumococcal vaccine, schedule an appointment with your primary care provider