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Frequently Asked Questions

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 – as part of the Protect Purdue initiative.

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.

Yes, Purdue will track those who receive the influenza vaccine via the Healthy Boiler Portal, the Center for Healthy Living (CHL), Purdue University Student Health Service (PUSH), Purdue Pharmacy and the Nursing Center for Family Health.

Faculty, staff and students will need to upload documentation confirming they 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 how to upload the documentation will be available by August 1, 2020.

Faculty, staff and students should plan to have their influenza vaccine by October 31, 2020.  This day may be modified depending on the availability of vaccine.  Once a final deadline is announce, non-compliance will be enforced by holds placed on student’s accounts.

Yes, influenza vaccines will be provided at on-campus locations as well as organized influenza shot events.  Benefit eligible faculty and staff will not be charged for the vaccine at on-campus locations and events. Non-benefit eligible staff and students will need to provide their insurance card and are charged through insurance.

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.

West Lafayette campus events are scheduled on the following dates:

*NOTE: Back-up dates listed below 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.


Dates Location Day Time
September 14 - 18 Athletics/Mollenkopf Tuesday 7AM - 4PM
Wednesday 10AM - 8PM
Thursday 10AM - 8PM
       
September 28 - October 2 CoRec Monday 10AM - 8PM
Wednesday 10AM - 8PM
Friday 10AM - 8PM
*BACK-UP DATES      
October 7 - 9 CoRec Monday 10AM - 8PM
Wednesday 10AM - 8PM

Vaccines will also be available at the following on-campus locations in the fall.

  • Center for Healthy Living (CHL) – faculty and staff
  • Purdue University Student Health Service (PUSH) – students
  • Purdue University Pharmacy (PUP) – students
  • Nursing Center for Family Health – faculty, staff and students
  • 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.

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 how to upload the declination form will be available by August 1, 2020.

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 how to upload the documentation will be available by August 1, 2020.

Employees who do not get their flu vaccine within the timeline outlined above and who do not have a medical or religious exemption will be sent home in unpaid status with 10 days to comply.