Flu season starts in the fall, usually peaks in January or February, with outbreaks occurring through May. Approximately 5-20% of U.S. residents get the flu each year. This year we are offering the quadrivalent vaccine which protects against 4 strains of the flu virus (2 A types and 2 B types). Flu vaccine is still available for all graduate and undergraduate students. Walk in hours are M-F 9:30-11:30 am and 1:30 p - 3:30 pm. Please call to schedule an appointment if you need to come for a vaccine outside of these hours.
By Massachusetts State Regulations, all students must have documentation of required vaccines or proof of immunity through antibody blood titers before coming to campus. A registration hold will be placed on all students with incomplete records. Occasionally a student is unable to complete a vaccination series before arriving on campus. The Health Center is able to help you complete immunizations and Tuberculin Skin Testing (TST). Vaccines are available on a walk in basis from 9:30-11:30 and 1:00-4 (or by appointment if you cannot get in during the walk in hours).
Students who believe they were immunized in the past and do not want to be immunized again may have a blood test drawn to detect the presence of antibodies (a titer). Most insurances do not pay for these titers so we have arranged a self pay option which must be paid directly to the laboratory providing these services. Students with no records will be asked to have these tests done and this may further delay their ability to register for classes. We recommend that this testing be done before arriving to campus and the results submitted as part of the required documentation.