Flu shot clinics coming to IUPUI
Believe it or not, we are at the beginning of flu season again.
This year, IU is strongly encouraging all staff, faculty and students to get an annual flu vaccine. With rates of COVID-19 infection high across the country, it’s especially important to get a flu vaccine this year to help keep everyone healthy and reduce the strain on our health care system.
IUPUI is offering four flu shot clinics in September, and will announce more in October as details are finalized.
When should I get my vaccine?
Everyone is encouraged to get vaccinated by Nov. 19, before the week of Thanksgiving break. However, the sooner you get vaccinated, the sooner you will receive some protection against influenza.
How can I get a vaccine?
Four flu vaccine clinics will be offered at IUPUI in September, with more being scheduled in October.
The on-campus clinics are for current faculty and staff and enrolled students only; they are not open to spouses/partners or dependents of employees, or to retired faculty or staff.
The following clinics, including one walk-up clinic, will be offered this month:
- 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 9 in Campus Center 450.
- 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 16 in a tent outside the Campus Center on Vermont Street (no appointment necessary; also offering HPV and Meningitis B vaccines at this clinic).
- 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 20 in the Tower Ballroom.
- 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 28 in the Campus Center.
Appointments are available for the clinics on Sept. 9, 20 and 28.
What kind of vaccines will IU offer?
The IUPUI flu clinics will offer preservative-free, quadrivalent, single-dose vaccines called Afluria, which is manufactured by Seqirus.
Neither the high-dose vaccine for those over 65 nor the eggless vaccine will be available at the university-sponsored clinics. Staff, faculty or students who need those types of vaccines are encouraged to seek them through an in-network provider. They are also available at IUPUI’s Coleman Hall Clinic.
Where can I get a vaccine, and how much will it cost?
Flu vaccines are covered at no cost as preventive care for faculty and staff on all IU-sponsored health plans, whether the shot is received on campus or through an in-network provider in the community.
If you cannot attend a clinic at IUPUI, suggestions for locations to receive a flu vaccine include:
- Retail pharmacies: Check with your retail pharmacy for influenza shot availability. Employees, students and covered spouses/partners and dependents enrolled in IU-sponsored medical plans can receive the seasonal flu vaccine at no cost at in-network retail pharmacies, like CVS and Kroger.
- Health care provider: In most cases, your primary-care provider can administer flu shots. Employees, students and covered spouses/partners and dependents enrolled on IU-sponsored medical plans can receive the seasonal flu vaccine at no cost through their in-network physician.
Who else connected to IU should get a flu vaccine?
Vendors and contractors who regularly work on IU campuses and in close proximity to the general campus population will be strongly encouraged to get an annual flu vaccine as well.
Caroline Gilley is assurance communications manager with IU Studios.