Protect Purdue shares more information, FAQs regarding influenza vaccine requirements for 2020

As the Purdue campus readies itself to welcome faculty, staff and students back for the fall semester, the university shares additional information related to the upcoming flu season’s annual influenza vaccination campaign. Last month, the Purdue Board of Trustees approved adding the annual influenza vaccination to the requirements for enrolled students, faculty and staff as a condition to being on campus as a part of the university’s pandemic response measures and the Protect Purdue initiative. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that it “believes it’s likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both be spreading.” The CDC recommends that all people age 6 months and older get a yearly flu vaccine.

Purdue is requesting all faculty, staff and students obtain their influenza vaccine this fall between September 1 and October 31, regardless of where they are working from or taking classes from at the time. Those who are working and/or taking classes remotely this fall do not have to come to campus for their vaccines and can utilize their healthcare provider or community pharmacy should they choose. Employees who are unable to get the vaccine due to a medical condition or religious reason will need to complete the Purdue University influenza declination form. Faculty and staff must upload the declination form into the Healthy Boiler Portal. Students will upload their declination form to the Student Health Center portal. Instructions on how to upload the declination form will be available by August 1, 2020. 

“Offering convenient, easily accessible and free influenza vaccinations each year is an important aspect of helping to keep the Purdue community as healthy as possible,” said Dr. Craig Nadelson, medical director of Purdue University Student Health Center. “And a healthy Purdue community not only supports the Healthy Boiler Program but also the Protect Purdue initiative. Getting your annual flu shot is always important, but this year adds an extra layer of necessity as flu season and the COVID-19 outbreak will most likely converge.” 

On-campus flu shot events and locations 

West Lafayette campus events are scheduled for the dates below. Faculty and staff should bring their PUID; students should bring their PUID and insurance card. 

*NOTE: Back-up dates will only be used if a supply-demand need arises with the vaccines. Please plan to have your vaccine given at one of the events or with your provider or community pharmacist prior to those dates. Thank you. 

Vaccines will also be available at the following on-campus locations in the fall. Faculty, staff and students need to bring their PUID and Insurance card to these locations.

  • Center for Healthy Living (CHL) – Faculty and staff. By appointment only; call 765-494-0111.
  • Nursing Center for Family Health – Faculty, staff and students. By appointment only; email crearick@purdue.edu to schedule.
  • Purdue University Pharmacy (PUP) – Faculty, staff and students. Walk-ins between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Note: Students under the age of 18 must provide written consent from a parent or guardian in order to receive their flu shot at PUP.
  • Purdue University Student Health Service (PUSH) – Flu shots are currently available only for students who have an already existing appointment to meet the Pre-Matriculation Immunization Review requirements for the state of Indiana.

Information regarding on-campus influenza events for the regional campuses will be shared once plans are finalized. 

“Protecting yourself against the flu in a year with an unprecedented global pandemic is one of the best things you can do,” explained Dr. Esteban Ramirez, provider at the Center for Healthy Living (CHL) on Purdue’s West Lafayette campus. “Both viruses can cause severe illness, especially in those most vulnerable populations, and it is possible to have the flu — as well as other illnesses — and COVID-19 at the same time. Getting a flu vaccine puts you one step ahead in protecting yourself against one of the viruses. Individuals should also continue to practice the safety measures shared in regards to COVID-19 such as social distancing, washing hands, keeping your hands away from your face and so on, as all of these also help in preventing the spread of influenza.” 

For more information on the benefits of getting a flu vaccination, see the CDC’s “What are the benefits of flu vaccination?” Additionally, extensive study has been done on the correlation between influenza and its effects on chronic conditions.

Additional information 

Information will continue to be shared via Purdue Today, email and online regarding the 2020 flu shot campaign. Influenza vaccination frequently asked questions are now available online for review.

Information specific to COVID-19 and the Purdue campuses can be accessed via the following: