Elon University first implemented a flu vaccine requirement last year based on the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to avoid the strain on resources as hospitals and medical providers focused on COVID. While Elon would normally experience hundreds of cases of the annual flu diagnosed at Student Health Services, the combination of flu vaccine and COVID-related healthy practices reduced that number to one case during the 2020-21 academic year. The university is following the CDC’s recommendation again this year to require all students to receive the flu vaccine or a medical/religious exemption.

Receiving the Vaccine at an Off-Campus Clinic or Pharmacy

  • Identify a location to receive the vaccine. If you prefer to go to an off-campus clinic or pharmacy, flu shots are widely available at this time of year.
  • Bring your health insurance card with you. Most flu vaccines are fully covered by insurance. Students are responsible for any out-of-pocket costs associated with flu vaccines at off-campus pharmacies or clinics.
  • Upload your documentation. Students receiving a flu vaccine at an off-campus pharmacy or clinic will need to upload their proof of vaccination on their Phoenix Health Portal.

Requesting a Medical or Religious Exemption to the Flu Vaccine Requirement

Similar to the process used with the COVID-19 vaccine requirement this year, the university will grant medical and religious exemptions to the seasonal flu vaccine requirement. Instructions and the link for filing a request for exemption are available here.

  • Medical exemptions: The request must include a statement attesting that the student has been advised by their medical provider it is not safe for them to receive the flu vaccine. Documentation from the provider is not required, but the student must consult with their medical provider prior to submitting the request.
  • Religious exemptions: The request must include a brief personal statement indicating why receiving the flu vaccine is in contradiction to sincerely held religious beliefs.

Requests for such exemptions must be filed no later than the Oct. 29 deadline. We encourage students to submit the request as soon as possible.

Please note: Waivers granted last year for the flu vaccine or this year for the COVID-19 vaccine are not automatically applied to the current year flu vaccine requirement; students with prior exemptions will need to submit a new, updated exemption request. For questions, send an email to Jana Lynn Patterson at patters@elon.edu.