As we enter peak influenza season, there are steps you can take to prevent illness, including getting an annual flu shot.
Where to get your flu vaccine
There are many ways to get a flu shot. Student health centers on several campuses continue to offer flu shots (during regular business hours). Flu shots are also readily available at your health care provider's office, pharmacies, or public vaccination clinics.
All students and employees enrolled in IU-sponsored medical plans can receive the seasonal flu shot at no cost through in-network retail pharmacies and in-network health care providers.
Flu vaccine policy for 2021–22
This year, IU is strongly encouraging all students, faculty, and staff to get an annual flu vaccine.
We recommend that you get vaccinated no later than Friday, November 19 (before Thanksgiving break), but the sooner you get vaccinated the sooner you will have some protection against the seasonal flu.
Flu season poses even more risks this year as we are still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Flu symptoms are similar to those of COVID-19, and it will be difficult to rule out a COVID-19 infection without a test. As a result, having the flu could cause significant disruption to school and work schedules. Preventing the flu will also save lives and ensure our strained health care resources are available to fight COVID-19.