Clinic facilities

University recommends flu shot but won’t hold clinic

Ithaca College posted updates in a Sept. 22 Intercom message regarding the options available to receive a flu shot this semester.

For the past several years, the college has sponsored an on-campus clinic — the Influenza distribution point (POD) — where students could come in and get the flu shot for free.

The college has informed students that this clinic will not be available for fall 2022 due to many places in the community offering flu shots.

The message – signed by Hayley Harris, Vice President of Human Resources and Planning, and Bonnie Prunty, Vice President of Student Affairs and Campus Life — said students can get flu shots at Hammond Health Center by appointment only.

The announcement also said that any employee with a college-sponsored health insurance plan through Aetna will be covered to get a flu shot from any health care provider or pharmacy that is part of the plan.

The message states that the college strongly encourages all members of the campus community to get a flu shot.

“Receiving a flu shot is an important way to not only protect against serious illness from the flu virus, but also helps promote the collective health of our college community,” Intercom’s post said.

In the community of Ithaca, pharmacies also provide flu shots, including CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens, Kinney Drugs, Rite Aid, Walmart and Wegmans.

Jennifer Metzgar, IC affiliate for the Counseling, Health and Wellness Center, said via email that the decision not to sponsor the Flu POD Clinic was unrelated to the new partnership with Cayuga Medical Center.