WSU Flu Shot Mandate
Wayne State University requires that all faculty, staff and enrolled students who plan to be on campus for any day this fall or winter receive flu shots by Oct. 15, 2020.
Flu Shot Appointments
Flu shots can be obtained from the Campus Health Center (CHC) at no out-of-pocket cost. If your insurance does not cover the flu shot or if you are uninsured, you will not receive a bill.
Flu shot clinics will be held, by appointment only, across campus at the following locations:
If these locations and times do not work, please make an appointment at CHC (5285 Anthony Wayne Drive) Monday-Friday, 9am-5:30am, by calling 313.577.5041. You may also receive a flu shot at your primary care provider or most pharmacies.
There are two exceptions to the mandate:
- Individuals may provide written documentation from their primary care provider to the CHC using the Patient Portal stating that they have medical reasons for not receiving the vaccine.
- Individuals may provide written documentation to the CHC, using the Patient Portal, stating that they have a religious objection.
- Health professional students (e.g. nursing, medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, etc.) should notify their department; each health professional school/college will have a documented process for uploading and verifying that students have had the flu shot.
- All other students must notify the Campus Health Center by uploading documentation or written documentation of exceptions to the CHC Patient Portal. To upload documents:
- Go to health.wayne.edu
- Click on the link at the bottom left of the page entitled, Patient Portal, under the Useful Links section.
- Students must create a username and password the first time they use the system.
- Once in the portal, go to the Ask a Question section
- Click on Medical Record Request
- Subject Line: FLU 2020
- Attach your document
Faculty and staff may decline to receive the flu shot on religious, moral, medical or ethical grounds. Faculty and staff who decline to receive the vaccine should complete the Vaccine Declination Form, attach the medical documentation if applicable, and email the form and any documentation directly to their Human Resources consultant.
- Faculty in the health professions colleges (School of Medicine, College of Nursing, and the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences) should follow the usual process in their college for documentation of the flu vaccine.
- All other faculty and staff must email their documentation directly to their Human Resources consultant and to the CHC (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- If you obtain your flu vaccine from the CHC, you must only provide a copy of your medical documentation to your HR consultant.
In any case, the HR consultant will notify your supervisor that you have satisfied the requirement. All protected health information will be maintained with restricted access to ensure the privacy of this information.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why is Wayne State requiring students, faculty and staff to get a flu shot?
A: With the COVID-19 virus still a significant threat to campus health and safety, we are taking measures to mitigate the threat of other infectious illnesses, such as the flu.
Q: What is the difference between influenza (flu) and COVID-19?
A: Influenza (flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2, and flu is caused by one of four types of influenza viruses: A, B, C and D. Human influenza A and B viruses cause seasonal epidemics of disease — known as the flu season — almost every winter in the United States. Some symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, so it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone, and testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis.
Q: Will there be flu along with COVID-19 this fall and winter?
A: While it’s not possible to say with certainty what will happen this fall and winter, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believe it’s likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both be spreading during these upcoming seasons. In this context, getting a flu vaccine will be more important than ever. CDC recommends that all people 6 months and older get a yearly flu vaccine.
Q: Can I have flu and COVID-19 at the same time?
A: Yes. It is possible have flu (as well as other respiratory illnesses) and COVID-19 at the same time.
Q: Will a flu vaccine protect me against COVID-19?
A: Getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19; however, flu vaccination has many benefits. Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization and death. Getting vacinated will reduce your risk from flu and also to help conserve potentially scarce health care resources.
Q: Is COVID-19 more dangerous than flu?
A: Flu and COVID-19 can both result in serious illness, including illness resulting in hospitalization or death. While there is much to learn about COVID-19, at this time, it does seem as if COVID-19 is more deadly and more contagious than the flu; however, it is too early to draw any conclusions from the current data. This may change as we learn more about the number of people who are infected who have mild illnesses.
Q: I’ve heard that in some people, the flu shot actually causes the flu. Is that true?
A: No, that isn’t true. The flu shot contains no live flu virus and cannot cause the flu.
Q: What if all my classes are online only or I am working remotely? Do I still have to get a flu shot?
A: Wayne State University requires that all students, faculty and staff who intend to be on campus for any day during the fall and/or winter semesters — even if only for one day — receive a flu shot by Oct. 15, 2020.
Q: Can I get my flu shot from my primary care provider (PCP) or a pharmacy instead of CHC?
A: Individuals can get their flu shot at any convenient location: your PCP, a pharmacy or on campus. Whereever the vaccine is administered, the individual should obtain documentation that includes the date, their name and information about the vaccine provided (as there are two different vaccines offered).
Q: How much will the flu shot cost? What if I can’t afford it?
A: The flu shot is available for no out-of-pocket cost to all enrolled students, faculty and staff if administered by CHC. They will bill your insurance, if you have it, but if insurance does not cover the cost, you will not be billed for the service.
Q: How effective are flu shots? I know some people who get it who still end up getting the flu.
A: The flu vaccine is not a 100% guarantee that you won’t get the flu, but it does significantly reduce your chances of getting the illness. If you do get the flu and you’ve had the vaccine during the duration,the severity of symptoms will be greatly reduced.
Q: Will Wayne State require students, faculty and staff to get the vaccine for COVID-19 when it becomes available?
A: That will depend on a variety of factors. We will need to see evidence that the vaccine is thoroughly tested, safe and effective, and readily available before we make a decision on whether to require it. As always, our decisions on these matters will be completely reliant on science and hard data that demonstrates both safety and efficacy.