September 14, 2020
Flu shot events on West Lafayette campus begin Tuesday; vaccine required by Oct. 31
As previously announced, the annual influenza vaccination is a requirement for students, faculty and staff as a condition to being on campus in conjunction with the University’s Protect Purdue initiative and in line with the Healthy Boiler Wellness Program.
Members of the campus community required to obtain a flu shot by Oct. 31 are:
- Students who opted for on-campus instruction this fall.
- Students who opted for online instruction this fall and plan to switch to on-campus instruction in the spring.
- All faculty and staff, regardless of where they are working from at the time.
Flu shot events on the West Lafayette campus for faculty, staff and students begin Tuesday (Sept. 15). The complete schedule and the flu shot consent form (in left column) are available online. Faculty and staff should bring their PUID; students must bring their PUID and insurance card.
Those who are working and/or taking classes remotely this fall do not have to come to campus for their vaccine and can use their health care provider or community pharmacy if they choose.
Faculty, staff and students will need to submit documentation that they have obtained the required influenza vaccine. Employees and students 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, staff and students will need to scan or photograph their documentation or declination form to submit via the following channels:
- Benefits-eligible faculty and staff will upload documentation through the Healthy Boiler Portal. Instructions on submitting the documentation are available in a Quick 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.
- Students should upload their documentation to the Student Health Center portal.
The flu shot events will be held at Mollenkopf Athletic Center and at the Córdova Recreational Sports Center (Co-Rec). Parking at Mollenkopf is available in the north half of the F Lot, located along Northwestern Avenue on the east side of Mollenkopf. The R Lot, north of Ross-Ade Stadium, will be available as overflow parking when F Lot is full. Attendees can use the Co-Rec parking lot when attending the Co-Rec flu shot events.
Seasonal flu shots are provided at no charge to all benefits-eligible Purdue faculty and staff, as well as spouses and dependents covered on a Purdue medical plan. On-campus flu shot events are for faculty, staff and students only. Spouses and dependents covered on a Purdue medical plan can receive their flu shots at the Center for Healthy Living – see below – or via a health care provider or community pharmacy.
Vaccines also will be available at the following on-campus locations in the fall. Individuals are asked to bring their PUID and insurance card.
- Center for Healthy Living (CHL) – For faculty and staff. By appointment only; call 765-494-0111.
- Nursing Center for Family Health – For faculty, staff and students. By appointment only; email email@example.com to schedule.
- Purdue University Pharmacy (PUP) – For faculty, staff and students. Walk-in available 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. 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 are minors or 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 Purdue Northwest also is on the 2020 Purdue University Influenza Vaccinations webpage. Details for the Purdue Fort Wayne campus will be available soon.
“Protecting yourself against the flu in a year with an unprecedented global pandemic is one of the best things you can do,” says Dr. Esteban Ramirez, provider at the Center for Healthy Living (CHL) and chief medical officer of the Protect Purdue Health Center 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 regard 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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) “What are the benefits of flu vaccination?” Extensive study has been done on the correlation between influenza and its effects on chronic conditions. The 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.
Influenza vaccination Frequently Asked Questions are available online for review.
Employees who have additional questions about the flu shots may contact Human Resources at 765-494-2222, toll-free at 877-725-0222 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.