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To provide additional protection to the Purdue community. For several years, the University has offered a coordinated, seasonal influenza vaccine campaign during the fall quarter in order to help reduce the number of influenza cases. A reduction in influenza case numbers in turn reduces the impact on healthcare systems, as capacity is available for potential COVID-19 cases. Additionally, if COVID-19 persists into the fall influenza season, reducing the number of influenza cases will improve the precision of COVID-19 contact tracing. The process for influenza vaccines this year also provides us the opportunity to test a rapid, mass vaccination program in anticipation of the eventual availability of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine.

Purdue University faculty, staff and students. Students who are online only are not expected to get their flu vaccine at one of the campus clinics.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months should get an influenza vaccine every season. Vaccination is particularly important for people who are at high risk of developing serious influenza complications.

The influenza vaccine is the best defense against getting the influenza. Getting an annual influenza vaccine helps protect you, your family, your friends and your coworkers from contracting the influenza. Additionally, extensive study has been done on the correlation between influenza and its effects on chronic conditions.

The goal is to reduce the number or influenza cases in order to ensure healthcare capacity for COVID-19 patients and to improve the precision of COVID-19 contact tracing.

West Lafayette campus events are listed here.

Vaccines will also be available at the following on-campus locations in the fall.
Please bring your insurance information and PUID.

  • 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 to schedule)
  • Purdue University Pharmacy (PUP) – faculty, staff and students (walk-in between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. M-F) 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) – students (Currently only available for students who have an already existing appointments to meet the PMIR requirements for the state of Indiana.)

Purdue anticipates having the following influenza vaccines available: Fluarix Quadrivalent , Flublock and Fluzone Additionally, the FluFlucelvax Quadrivalent vaccine, which is egg free will be available. See your provider if you need an alternative vaccine.

No. The on-campus influenza vaccine events are for faculty, staff and students only.
  • Benefits-eligible faculty and staff will upload their form/vaccination documentation to the Healthy Boiler Portal. (Benefits-eligible faculty and staff have access to the Healthy Boiler Portal.) Please follow the reference guide.
  • Employees who are not in benefits-eligible positions should send their documentation to HR using this secure HR Help form, along with their name and PUID number. 
  • Please note: The HR Help email should only be used by those unable to use the Healthy Boiler portal.
  • Students will upload their form/vacinnation documentation to the Student Health Center portal.
  • Retail pharmacies: Check with your retail pharmacy for influenza shot availability. Purdue medical plans cover the seasonal influenza vaccine for employees and covered dependents.
  • Health Care Provider: In most cases, your primary care provider can administer influenza shots. All Purdue medical plans cover the seasonal influenza vaccine for employees and covered dependents.

Your flu shot documentation should include your name, confirmation of receipt and the date the vaccine was administered.

Yes, the goal of the campaign is to have the entire population vaccinated by October 31, 2020.

Influenza vaccines are covered at 100 percent as preventive care for faculty and staff on all Purdue health plans. PUSH and PUP will bill the students’ health insurance plans, except Medicaid, for their vaccine.  If you are a student without health insurance or if you do not know if your plan will cover the charge for the vaccine, please contact the PUSH Business Services Office at 765-494-1677.

Individuals should discuss the influenza vaccine with their primary care provider. If you are unable to get the vaccine due to a medical condition, you 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 uploading your declination form available.

Purdue is requesting all faculty, staff and students obtain their influenza vaccine this fall between September 1 and October 31, regardless of where you are working from at the time. However, those who are working remotely are not required to come to campus for their vaccine. They may utilize their healthcare provider or community pharmacy and upload their documentation confirming they have received their influenza vaccination. Faculty and staff will upload their form to the Healthy Boiler Portal. Students will upload their form to the Student Health Center portal.

Instructions on uploading your documentation are available.

Employees who do not get their flu vaccine within the timeline outlined and who do not have a medical or religious exemption will be sent home in unpaid status with 10 days to comply. Non-compliance will be enforced by holds placed on students' accounts.