Appointment-Only Flu Clinic to be Held On Campus in October

September 10, 2020

UPDATE 9/22/2020: Flu Clinic Appointments Are Full

The WPI Flu Clinic has reached capacity. No additional flu clinic appointments are available. There are other nearby options for getting a flu shot this year:

  • The CVS Minute clinic on West Boylston Street is close to campus, and appointments are available. The SNAP van is available for transportation.
  • The Walgreens on Park Avenue is also very close to campus, and appointments are available.  

Bring an insurance card and an ID. Take a picture of the receipt once you have received the vaccination and upload into the secure health portal on the health services home page for compliance.

 

To help protect the health of the entire WPI community this fall and winter, and to help meet Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s mandate that all students in the state receive a flu vaccine, WPI will host an on-campus Flu Clinic Oct. 2, Oct. 5-7 and Oct. 9. Appointments are required—sign-ups are open now. (See above update for other options in the area.)

WPI’s Flu Clinic is for students and employees who are coming to campus to study and to work; those who are not coming to campus should contact their primary care provider or local pharmacy to get a flu vaccination.

You must provide your health insurance card, your WPI ID, and a printed and completed copy of the VAR (Vaccine Administration Record) posted on the Flu Clinic sign up site.

The clinic will be held in the Rubin Campus Center Odeum, and will be facilitated by Walgreens associates. Each appointment is expected to take three minutes or less from start to finish. Like WPI’s COVID-19 testing site, the Flu Clinic will be set up to be socially distanced and to move students, faculty, and staff quickly and efficiently through the process.

Other vaccines, including Tdap (which helps prevent tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) and MMR vaccine (which protects against measles, mumps, and rubella) will be available on Oct. 5 and Oct. 9.

Massachusetts public health officials announced in August that influenza immunizations will be required for all students in pre-K–12 schools and all colleges and universities. The new vaccine requirement was described as “an important step to reduce flu-related illness and ​the overall impact of respiratory illness during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The state is expecting all students to have received the flu vaccine by Dec. 31, unless a medical or a religious exemption is provided. The Health Services team notes that it is optimal for members of the WPI community to receive their immunization earlier, since it takes two weeks to build protective influenza antibodies once someone is inoculated, and the flu season hits well before December.

The CDC estimates that the seasonal flu—a contagious respiratory illness that affects the nose, throat, and lungs—was associated with more than 35.5 million illnesses, 490,600 hospitalizations, and 34,200 deaths during the 2018–2019 influenza season.

Last year, WPI offered a Flu Clinic that served about 300 members of the campus community. This year, Health Services is prepared to vaccinate 300 people per day.