Flu clinics: Cambridge Campus
Our Cambridge Campus walk-in flu clinics are done for this year, but the vaccine is still available. If you haven’t yet gotten your shot this year, just call MIT Medical’s Flu Line at 617-253-4865 to make an appointment at MIT Medical.
Pregnant patients may get a shot 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)
Pediatric patients older than six months can receive shots by appointment 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 8 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