Flu vaccination has always been recommended for the Cornell community, but this year the annual dose of flu prevention is also part of an important public health strategy to fight COVID-19.
Cornell Health is once again partnering with Wegmans Pharmacy to provide free flu vaccinations at Cornell clinics. To facilitate physical distancing, please sign up online in advance for a specific time slot.
The next scheduled clinic is Sept. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Noyes Community Recreation Center gym on West Campus; the complete schedule is online.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, having COVID and flu circulating at once can unnecessarily complicate the diagnosis of COVID, and exhaust key medical services and other support resources. Influenza vaccine is a safe and effective means to reduce severe flu-related hospital admissions and deaths. It also reduces the likelihood of acquiring influenza and COVID-19 simultaneously.
Regular-dose flu shots will be available, as well as high dose for those age 65 and older. FluMist nasal spray is not currently available. As always, vaccinations are free for students, faculty, staff and retirees (bring your Cornell ID card).
Cornell is asking Ithaca-based students to get a flu shot as part of their Behavioral Compact.
- No one should leave quarantine or isolation to attend a flu clinic, or attend with symptoms of COVID; and
- Staff and faculty members who have not yet returned to work on campus may come on campus for the singular purpose of receiving flu vaccine.