Getting vaccinated each year is one of the BEST ways to protect yourself – and others – against seasonal influenza.
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.
For the 2018-2019 academic year, flu shots are available only; no FluMist.
- Learn more about flu vaccine types
- Learn about other ways to protect yourself against the flu
- Learn what to do if you get the flu
How to get vaccinated at Cornell
Our annual flu vaccine clinics have concluded for the 2018-2019 academic year.
However, students (and their spouses/partners) can still get vaccinated at Cornell Health:
- Students – Ask for your flu shot at your next medical appointment, or schedule an appointment to get vaccinated (note that flu vaccination appointments are only available at limited times). Annual flu vaccination is FREE for all students. If you choose to get your flu shot elsewhere, be sure to get it from a provider or pharmacy that participates with your health insurance. Students on SHP can find participating providers using Aetna's DocFind tool.
- Student spouses/partners – You may also get vaccinated at Cornell Health. Ask at your next Cornell Health medical appointment, or schedule an appointment to get your flu shot. Annual vaccination is FREE for spouses/partners on SHP (the cost for those with other insurance will depend on your plan's coverage). If you choose to get your flu shot elsewhere, be sure to get it from a provider or pharmacy that participates with your health insurance. SHP members can find participating providers using Aetna's DocFind tool.
- Staff, faculty, & retirees – We are no longer able to provide flu vaccination for staff, faculty, and retirees at Cornell Health. However, if you are on a Cornell insurance plan, annual flu vaccination is covered at no cost at your doctor's offices and at most pharmacies. (We recommend that you confirm that the provider/pharmacy participates with your insurance.)
Flu prevention & care
Visit our Flu Information & Resources page to learn about other ways to protect yourself from getting the flu, and what do to if you get sick.