Flu Vaccine Blitz

The University will offer free flu vaccines to students, faculty, and staff during the annual Flu Vaccine Blitz Monday, Oct. 25 through Wednesday, Oct. 27. 

Students are required to be vaccinated this fall to minimize the cases of flu on campus and preserve testing resources for COVID-19. Students must sign up to secure their preferred time at the on-campus Flu Vaccine Blitz. Register for the Flu Vaccine Blitz HERE.

Students may also visit a local primary care provider, pharmacy, or walk-in clinic to receive the flu vaccine (please consult your individual insurance plan for pricing). If you decide to go off campus, please be sure and upload documentation to your University Health Services (UHS) Patient Portal. All students must receive the flu vaccine by Monday, Nov. 1. 

Any student who needs to submit a request for an exemption for medical or religious reasons should complete this form and upload it to your Patient Portal.

Locations, Dates, and Times

Stepan Center

  • Monday, Oct. 25 - Wednesday, Oct. 27: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is required to get the flu vaccine? 

The flu vaccine is required of all students - undergraduate, graduate, and professional - this fall to minimize our community’s experience with respiratory-based illness. 

Why do I need the flu vaccine?

Symptoms of the flu can often mimic COVID-19. It is important to get the flu vaccine to minimize the cases of flu on campus this year and, to the extent possible, preserve testing resources for COVID-19 testing.

Can a student receive an exemption from receiving the flu vaccine? 

While the flu vaccine is required of all students to minimize our community’s experience with respiratory-based illness, students who require an exemption for medical or religious reasons should complete this form and upload it to thier Patient Portal.

If I’ve already received the COVID-19 vaccine, why do I need the flu vaccine too? 

The flu vaccination has many important health benefits. Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death. Getting a flu vaccine is important not only to reduce your risk from flu, but to help conserve health care resources in the local area.

Is it safe to be vaccinated for both COVID-19 and the flu?

Current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the administration of COVID-19 vaccines states these vaccines may be administered with other vaccines, including flu vaccines. Providers should be aware of the potential for increased reactogenicity with coadministration of COVID-19 and other vaccines and should consult CDC guidance. If given at the same time, COVID-19 vaccines and flu vaccines that might be more likely to cause a local reaction (for example, high-dose and adjuvanted inactivated flu vaccines) should be administered in different arms, if possible.

When and where is the Flu Vaccine Blitz? 

The second Flu Vaccine Blitz will be held from Monday, Oct. 25 through Wednesday, Oct. 27. Free vaccines will be available from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. 

Students must schedule an appointment in advance. Register for the Flu Vaccine Blitz here.

Can the University guarantee there will be enough vaccinations for all students? 

Yes. The University will offer two opportunities for students to fulfill this year’s flu vaccination  requirement. These opportunities include:

  • Flu Vaccine Blitz: Monday, Oct. 4 - Wednesday, Oct. 6: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Secondary Flu Vaccine Blitz: Monday, Oct. 25 - Wednesday, Oct. 27: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

​​​​​​What if I can’t attend the Flu Vaccine Blitz? Can students go elsewhere for the flu vaccine?

The University will offer a secondary Flu Vaccine Blitz on Oct. 25, 26, and 27.

Students may also schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine through their primary care provider, a local pharmacy, or a walk-in clinics that offer the vaccine. Please reference your individual insurance plan for pricing. 

Are free vaccines available to all students through an in-network pharmacy that offers flu vaccines? What would be considered “in-network” for students with varying insurance plans?

Please reference your individual insurance plan for pricing.

Do I need to receive the flu vaccine by a certain date? 

Students must receive the flu vaccine by Monday, Nov. 1.

How will the University know if a student received a flu vaccine? 

Students not receiving the flu vaccine at one of the two Flu Blitz events must provide documentation about receiving the vaccine via their UHS Patient Portal.

If a student goes off campus to receive the flu vaccine, do they need to provide documentation to the University?

Yes. Please upload documentation about receiving your vaccine to your UHS Patient Portal.

Are free vaccines available to graduate student spouses and dependents? Do they need to be enrolled in the University’s plan?

Vaccines are only available to faculty, staff, students, and dependents of faculty/ staff. Enrolled dependents through graduate students may access Notre Dame Wellness to receive their vaccine at the standard $30 per visit price. 

How long does the flu vaccine last?

Approximately 6 months. 

Are there repercussions for a student who does not receive a flu vaccine and fails to receive an exemption?

All students must receive the flu vaccine by Monday, Nov. 1. Otherwise, the University will place a registration hold on the student’s account, which will prevent the student from registering for classes. Once you have a hold, you will need to email immunizations@nd.edu with copies of your vaccination records for review. If a student fails to complete this requirement or is not granted an exemption, a hold will be placed on the student’s account on Monday, Nov. 8, which will prevent the student from registering for classes next semester. (Registration begins Monday, Nov. 15.)

Will the flu vaccine minimize my exposure to COVID-19? 

Per the CDC, getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19. However, flu vaccination has many other important benefits. Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death. Getting a flu vaccine this fall will be more important than ever, not only to reduce your risk from flu, but to help conserve potentially scarce health care resources.

If I contract COVID-19, will the flu vaccine minimize my symptoms? 

Per the CDC, getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19. However, flu vaccination has many other important benefits. Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death. Getting a flu vaccine this fall will be more important than ever, not only to reduce your risk from flu, but to help conserve potentially scarce health care resources.