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The message is being sent to all Duke undergraduate, graduate and professional students.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 
Dear students, 
Flu clinics are now open! Getting your flu shot this year is more important than ever, and it is so easy. There are a few important changes to flu clinics this year, including required appointments, so please make sure to read the information below and sign up for your appointment soon. The earlier, the better! 

Who: You! Yes, you! 

What: Flu vaccines for all Duke students 

When: TODAY, September 15, through November 10 (but the earlier the better!), with flexible appointment times ranging from 8:30 a.m. - 9. p.m. 

Where: Flu clinics will be offered at two locations this year—Student Wellness and Karsh Alumni and Visitor Center. Choose the location that is most convenient for you! 

How: Sign up for an appointment via the Duke Student Health Services Flu Vaccination Bookings site at http://duke.is/H6cmzh to make your appointment. 

Why: Getting your flu shot is even more important this year, for a number of reasons. 
  1. Because it protects you from the seasonal flu! 
    Learn more about the seasonal flu vaccine from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  2. It may lessen the severity of COVID. 
    While the seasonal flu vaccine is not a vaccine against COVID-19, getting your flu shot still reduces the risk related to COVID. The seasonal flu combined with COVID-19, were you to be exposed and become ill, could exacerbate symptoms. Protecting ourselves from the seasonal flu is part of Duke’s effort to safeguard campus, and the wider community, from the influenza virus and help ease the burden on those fighting COVID-19.
  3. It’s part of the Duke Compact.
    The Duke Compact is a pledge to keep each other safe, and this year, to better protect the Duke community from COVID-19, seasonal flu vaccines are required this year for students as well as university staff and faculty who work on-site.

A few important reminders: 

  • Make sure to schedule an appointment! Appointments are required for all flu vaccines this year. No walk-ins will be allowed.
  • You must be fever- and symptom-free to receive your flu vaccination. Please ensure your Duke daily symptom monitoring is completed and ready to show at check-in.
  • As always, don’t forget your mask and to maintain appropriate physical distance when you go to your appointment. Please follow all signage and instructions from staff on site.
  • Any student requesting a medical or religious exemption should contact immunizations@duke.edu

Thank you for all you are doing to protect the health and safety of the Duke community. Don’t forget that balanced eating, regular sleep, physical activity, and stress reduction can help strengthen your immune system and keep you on the right track. Find additional tips on Surviving the Cold & Flu Season from Student Health.


Go Duke,
John Vaughn, M.D.
Director of Student Health Services
John Blackshear
Dean of Students
Mary Pat McMahon
Vice Provost for Student Affairs