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November 09, 2020

Dear Students,

The flu vaccine is required of all undergraduate and graduate students studying in-person, as per an order by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. Tufts is requiring that you get the vaccine even if you are a student over age 30, which is a higher standard than set by Massachusetts, because we feel that influenza vaccination is a critical strategy for protecting our community and preserving healthcare resources during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. 

We have asked you to get your flu shot no later than November 19.

You can still:

  1. sign up for flu clinics held at Tufts
  2. Go to a local pharmacy and submit documentation of your vaccine to Health Service via the secure patient portal.

We encourage getting a flu shot as soon as possible. Getting sick with the flu is not something one would want to risk during a pandemic and it takes a couple of weeks for the vaccine to achieve maximum effectiveness. 

If you do not get vaccinated by our requested deadline, you will have to get a flu shot before January or you will not be able to study in-person during the Spring semester. 

Thank you for your efforts to stay healthy and keep others safe as well.



Michelle Bowdler, Executive Director, Health & Wellness
Marie Caggiano, M.D, Medical Director, Health Service
Camille Lizarríbar, Dean of Student Affairs and Chief Student Affairs Officer for AS&E