Getting vaccinated each year is one of the best ways to protect yourself – and others! – against seasonal influenza. Cornell Health provides flu shots (both regular dose, and high dose for those age 65+) and FluMist nasal spray (not currently available). [learn more about flu vaccines]
Why it’s important
Flu viruses are extremely contagious, and can cause serious illness.
Because of the close proximity within which we work, live, and study, annual vaccination is recommended for students, faculty, and staff at colleges and universities (by the CDC and the American College Health Association). Vaccination is especially important for people who are at higher risk of developing flu-related complications.
NOTE: Even if you already had the flu this season, you should still get vaccinated into the spring. Usually, more than one strain of flu virus will circulate during a season, and getting infected with one strain will not protect you from infection with another.
Who can get vaccinated at Cornell
Cornell Health provides free annual flu vaccinations – flu shots (or FluMist, if available) – for most Cornell community members:
Cornell students, faculty, staff, and retirees – FREE
Student spouses / domestic partners – FREE for those on SHP; $35 for those with private health insurance
We are unable to provide flu vaccines for children, or for spouses / domestic partners of employees and retirees. However, vaccinations are available through local primary care providers, pediatricians, pharmacies, and county health departments.
How to get vaccinated at Cornell
Our annual flu vaccine clinics have concluded for the 2016-2017 academic year. But you can get vaccinated at Cornell Health as long as our supplies last. Schedule a flu vaccination appointment, or ask for your flu shot the next time you’re at Cornell Health.