Flu season is coming: Protect yourself and others; get the flu shot

A medical professional prepares flu shots.
A medical professional prepares flu shots.

From: Division of Human Resources and Hokie Wellness

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu season in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May. Virginia Tech encourages all Hokies to act now to protect yourself and others by getting your annual flu vaccine.

Hokie Wellness flu vaccination clinics

As a service to all employees, Hokie Wellness offers flu vaccination clinics each fall.

  • Salaried employees who are covered by state health insurance plans only need to show their insurance card to receive a free vaccine.
  • Wage employees may also receive a free flu vaccine by showing their Hokie Passport.
  • Students are also welcome to attend; students may need to be prepared to pay $25 by cash or check if pharmacists aren’t able to verify that the student’s insurance is accepted.

Annual flu vaccination clinics begin Oct. 1 and run through Nov. 12 at locations across campus. Additional vaccines will be offered at some of the clinics on a first come, first serve basis, including Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis), MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), Hepatitis A and B, both pneumonia vaccines, and the new shingles vaccine, Shingrix.

Below is the list of clinics, which are open from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m., except where noted with a *:

  • Oct. 29: North End Center, room 2410
  • Oct. 31: Sterrett facility, classroom, other vaccines will be available
  • Nov. 5: The Inn at Virginia Tech, Draper’s Meadow, other vaccines will be available
  • Nov. 7: Wallace Hall atrium
  • *Nov. 12: Squires, Old Dominion Ballroom, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (co-sponsosred by Student Engagement and Campus Life)

Registration is preferred for the flu vaccination but walk-ins are welcome.

Other ways to get a flu vaccine

If you are unable to make it to a Hokie Wellness clinic, vaccinations are also available at most local pharmacies and through health care providers.

State health plan members may get a free flu vaccine at pharmacies participating in their health plan’s network.

  • COVA Care, COVA HDHP and COVA HealthAware members also may receive flu shots at no cost from network physicians’ offices and other participating providers. 
  • Kaiser Permanente HMO members must go to a participating Kaiser medical center.

Visit this page from the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management to find participating providers, and questions and answers on each plan, including information on receiving flu vaccines from non-network providers or pharmacies. If you plan to get your flu vaccine at a pharmacy, be sure to call ahead to confirm the pharmacy is participating in the program and that shots are available. An appointment may be required. 

More information about the flu

Vaccination is the best protection against contracting the flu. In addition, we encourage all Hokies to review this information from Virginia Tech’s Emergency Management Office for guidance on what to do if a flu outbreak occurs.

For questions

  • About Hokie Wellness flu clinics, contact Hokie Wellness at hokiewellness@vt.edu or 540-231-8878.
  • About flu vaccines and your medical plan, contact your plan provider.
  • From students about the flu, contact Schiffert Health Center at health@vt.edu or 540-231-6444.