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Will students be required to get a flu vaccine this year? Can I get a flu vaccination on campus?

Penn State is strongly encouraging all students, as well as faculty and staff, to get a flu vaccine before the onset of flu season, or certainly before the start of the spring semester, to help alleviate the complicated season that is likely to include flu along with COVID-19. According to the CDC, September and October are good times to get vaccinated, but as long as flu viruses are circulating, vaccination should continue into January or later. Penn State is encouraging flu vaccination in order to both protect the health of the University community and reduce demand on health care resources in and around Penn State campus communities to maintain capacity for the severely ill.

Student flu vaccine clinics will begin on Sept. 21 and run through Nov. 10 at the University Park campus.

Flu vaccines are free for all Penn State employees, regardless of participation in a University-sponsored health care plan. Employees can choose one of the three options for receiving the flu vaccine in late September through late October, and will receive more information via their Penn State email address.

For additional information about the flu vaccine, visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/flushot.htm.