Flu shots are free for all Yale staff, faculty, students, seniors and Yale Health members. To promote workforce and campus safety, flu vaccination is mandatory for all current students as part of the Community Compact, for all Yale Health staff, and for all patient and human research subject facing staff within the Yale School of Medicine (YSM).
*NOTE: Those ages 18 and older who have scheduled a COVID-19 vaccine or booster through the Yale COVID-19 Vaccine Program at the 310 Winchester Avenue clinic will have the opportunity to also receive a flu shot during their scheduled appointment. All others seeking just to schedule a flu shot at a campus flu clinic should use the Flu Shot Finder.*
You can also go to any retail pharmacy that accepts your insurance. A voucher is not required, but you must bring your insurance card. Yale Health subscribers can download their insurance card online (it includes member information for your family and retail pharmacy billing information for flu vaccine on the back side) and go to any retail pharmacy to receive a flu shot.
IMPORTANT: If you are a Yale student, Yale Health staff, or patient and human research subject facing staff within YSM, and receive your flu shot at an outside clinic or pharmacy, you must follow the steps below to register your vaccination information into the university’s Health and Safety Database:
- Login to the external flu attestation form with your NetID and password
- Enter the date you received your flu shot
- Enter the name of the provider clinic where you received your flu shot
- Check the box after reading the policies and attestation
Exemptions to this requirement will only be granted for evidence-based medical contraindications and religious reasons.
To request exemption for the flu vaccine requirement:
- Students must complete an Influenza Vaccination Medical or Religious Waiver Form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Yale Health Staff must complete an Influenza Vaccination Medical or Religious Waiver Form and email it to email@example.com.
- Yale School of Medicine Staff must complete an Influenza Vaccination Medical or Religious Waiver Form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can view whether you have flu requirement and your compliance in My Health and Safety Status.
About the Flu
Flu symptoms often include fever, chills, body aches, sore throat, cough, runny nose and headaches.
Most people recover within 5-14 days, but more serious cases and complications such as pneumonia can occur. The people at greatest risk of complications are:
- those over 65 years old
- pregnant women
- young children and
- people with chronic health conditions such as lung or heart disease and diabetes.
If you become sick, please call us so that we can advise you about the best course of action. Anti-viral medications can be useful for some patients early in the course of flu. We are happy to advise you– and we especially want to hear from you if you are at higher risk for complications.
- Adults, call 203-432-0038
- Yale students, call 203-432-0312
- For children, call 203-432-0206
If you are not a Yale Health member you should contact your primary care provider.
Prevention is key to the control of flu. Public health authorities strongly recommend the flu vaccine.
Other important steps to avoid flu include:
- washing your hands often with soap or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- not touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and
- if possible, avoiding close contact with people who are sick with flu. If direct contact is unavoidable, ask the sick person to wear a mask of cover their coughs/sneezes – and remind them about frequent handwashing.
If you get the flu, please stay home so you can recover more quickly and lower the risk of infecting others. Be sure to have fever-reducing medication (such as Tylenol) on hand, and follow the safe dosing instructions. Drink plenty of fluids and be sure to rest. Protect your close contacts by not sharing utensils and safely disposing of contaminated tissues. Remember to cover your cough and wash your hands frequently. Do not return to work until you have been free of fever for 24 hours without fever-lowering medicine.
When should I get my flu shot?
You should get a flu vaccine before flu viruses begin spreading in your community, since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against flu. Make plans to get vaccinated early in fall, before flu season begins. CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October.
If you get your flu shot early, do you need a booster?
No, not unless your provider advises it for very specific indications.
Can I get flu and COVID-19 vaccines at the same time?
Although the Yale COVID-19 Vaccine Program and Yale Health flu clinics are providing vaccines at different locations this year, COVID-19 and other vaccines may now be administered without regard to timing of other vaccines. Flu and COVID-19 vaccines can be received at the same time. Adults, ages 18 and older, scheduled for a COVID-19 vaccine or booster with Yale Health at our Winchester Ave site, then you may receive the flu shot at the same time. This is only available at our Winchester Ave. COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic.