Wayne State is requiring all students, faculty and staff who will be on campus during the fall and/or winter 2022 semester to get a flu shot, College of Nursing Dean Laurie Lauzon Clabo said in an email to the campus community Monday. 

Clabo said that the decision was made in light of annual flu season approaching. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the spread of influenza viruses increases during fall and winter in the U.S.

“As we continue to navigate the pandemic, vaccines for COVID-19 and the flu play a crucial role in keeping our community safe and allowing us to offer in-person classes and on-campus events,” Clabo said. 

Flu vaccines can prevent the spread of influenza and reduce the severity of illness among vaccinated individuals, according to the CDC

WSU had a flu vaccine mandate for those on campus during the fall 2020 semester, The South End reported.

For students without health insurance, free shots will be provided by the Campus Health Center, Clabo said. Flu vaccines can also be administered at local health clinics, pharmacies and through primary care providers. 

Students, staff and faculty are required to submit proof of vaccination online by Oct. 20. Individuals can also apply for a waiver due to religious or health reasons.

Flu shot appointments can be booked at the CHC via telephone or at CHC outreach clinics online.

Amelia Benavides-Colón is the news editor for The South End. She can be reached at hd4634@wayne.edu

Cover photo by Quinn Banks, The South End's multimedia editor. He can be reached at multimediaeditortse@gmail.com.