Annual Flu Vaccination

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 available for 2017-2018). [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 annually. 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 shots (or FluMist, when available) for ...

  • Cornell students, faculty, staff, and retireesFREE

  • 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

  • Schedule an appointment Students, faculty, staff, and student spouses / domestic partners may schedule a flu vaccination appointment online or by phone. Retirees can call 607-255-5155 to make an appointment.
  • Get one while you're here Students may ask for a flu shot the next time you're at Cornell Health. If you're here for a medical appointment, ask your provider. If you're here for another reason, ask at a check-in desk on Level 3, 5, or 7. We can accommodate most requests, depending on nursing staff availability.
  • Stop by a flu vaccine clinic UPDATE: Our flu vaccine clinics have concluded for this academic year.

Additional resources

Learn more about prevention, and what to do if you get sick, on our Flu Information & Resources page.

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Fall 2017 Flu Vaccine Clinics

We have completed our 2017 flu clinics. Be sure to check this page next fall to get your next annual flu vaccination! 

Clinics are open to Cornell students, faculty, staff, retirees, and student spouses / domestic partners. Remember to bring your Cornell ID card.

  • Thursday, October 5
    9:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Cornell Health, Level 1 Conference Room
    (This clinic traditionally has been held at Willard Straight Hall)
  • Saturday, October 7
    10:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Cornell Health, Level 4 Main Lobby
  • Wednesday, October 11
    9:00 am – 4:00 pm (please arrive by 3:30 pm)
    Cornell Vet College
    CVM Center Atrium
  • Saturday, October 14
    10:00 am – 11:30 and 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Cornell Health, Level 4 Main Lobby
  • Thursday, October 19
    9:00 am – 4:00 pm (please arrive by 3:30 pm)
    Bartels, Hallway by Lynah Rink
  • Saturday, October 21
    10:00 am – 11:30 and 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Cornell Health, Level 4 Main Lobby
  • Monday, October 23
    12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
    Seneca Place, Taughannock Room (435)
  • Thursday, October 26
    9:00 am – 2:00 pm
    East Hill Office Building, Atrium
  • Friday, October 27
    11:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Robert Purcell Community Center
  • Thursday, November 2
    9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Lab of Ornithology, Staff Lounge
  • Tuesday, November 7
    9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Biotech Benefair
    Biotechnology Building, Atrium
  • Thursday, November 9
    7:00 am – 11:00 am
    Humphrey Service Building
    Basement Conference Room (B26)
  • Tuesday, December 5
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Geneva Benefits Fair
    Jordan Hall, 2nd floor, 630 North Street, Geneva