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Flu Vaccine Requirement

Dear colleagues,

As we head into flu season, it is more important than ever that we protect ourselves and one another by receiving the flu vaccine. As we continue to deal with the impacts of the pandemic, it is critical that we reduce the spread of other viruses in order to keep our health care system from becoming overwhelmed.

Because the flu and COVID-19 have similar symptoms, those with flu-like symptoms will have to be tested and quarantine while waiting on the results. Stopping the spread of the flu can also prevent yourself and others from contracting both viruses at the same time.

As you will recall, the Board of Trustees this year approved a campus requirement that all faculty, staff, and students receive a flu shot unless they are exempt for medical or religious reasons. Our first flu shot clinic is today, and there will be more over the next month. Whether you receive your flu shot on campus or elsewhere, you will need to either verify that you’ve received the vaccine or request an exemption through IRIS. Students must verify their compliance through the Student Health Center.

Thank you, as always, for doing your part to keep our campus healthy and safe.

Donde Plowman