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DU Influenza (Flu) Immunization Requirements

As we enter cold and flu season, protecting the health and safety of our campus community is first and foremost on our minds at the University of Denver. Influenza and COVID-19 illness can include similar symptoms, occur simultaneously and pose serious health risks to members of our community. As a result, and as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, the University of Denver will now require all students, faculty and staff who live, work and/or attend classes on campus, to get an annual influenza vaccination.

The Health and Counseling Center (HCC) remains committed during this public health crisis to promote student success by providing comprehensive and integrated healthcare, counseling, advocacy, health promotion, and recovery support and services.

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Flu is a serious disease that can be prevented through vaccination. Even healthy people can get the flu and it can be very serious. This year and every year, get vaccinated against the flu.

It could save a life.

Ready to get your Flu shot?

Come visit us and help 'Fight the Flu'. No appointment necessary. Walk-up clinics on-campus.

To support this effort, DU will expand its offering of no-cost influenza vaccines to all students, faculty and staff with an on-campus presence at flu clinics. Currently planned flu shot clinic dates and times are as follows with more dates and times coming soon:

  • Oct. 5: 1pm to 4pm, outside the Community Commons
  • Oct. 7: 8:30am to 12pm, outside the Community Commons
  • Oct. 8: 1pm to 4:30pm, Care Pod near the Spit Testing site
  • Oct. 11: 8:30am to 12pm, Care Pod near the Spit Testing site
  • Oct. 14: 8:30am to 12pm, Nelson Hall near the Spit Testing site
  • Oct. 21: 8:30am to 12pm, Dimond near the Spit Testing site
  • Oct. 28: 8:30am to 12pm, Nelson Hall near the Spit Testing site
  • Oct. 29: 2pm to 4:30pm, Dimond near the Spit Testing site
  • Nov. 3: 1pm to 4:30pm, Nelson Hall near the Spit Testing site

As always, students, faculty and staff may obtain their influenza vaccination through their own healthcare provider if they prefer. 

DU Faculty or Staff members with additional questions should contact their HR Partner. Students with additional questions should reach out to the DU Health and Counseling Center for assistance at 303-871-2205 or info@hcc.du.edu.

Options for Cigna members

Information also provided on Human Resources & Inclusive Community Benefits.

Cigna members may receive the flu vaccine at in-network retail pharmacy locations for no additional cost ($0 co-pay). Flu shots are covered at 100% as preventive care from an in-network provider or pharmacy. Participating pharmacies include CVS, Rite Aid, Walmart, Walgreens, Safeway, King Soopers (Kroger), Costco, and Sam’s Club.  Please view the flyers below for a list of participating providers.

Flu Shot - Participating Retail Pharmacies / Spanish version

To have the vaccine billed through their Cigna medical plan, members must present their Cigna medical/pharmacy ID card to the pharmacy at the time of receiving the vaccine. 

Your pharmacist may need to use the following BIN and PCN numbers to submit your claim:

Change Healthcare (known as Emdeon before rebranding in 2015)
BIN: 004766
PCN: COM62308

OmniSYS BIN: 004303
PCN: CIGPPOIMM

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Note

The HCC and DU recognizes that mandatory vaccination requirements may place undue burden on communities of color and those with trauma related to historical and contemporary experiences with medical care. We are relying on your compliance as we work to keep our communities safe. We have made efforts to remove barriers to care such as cost and access and follow the most rigorous scientific evidence available when providing and recommending healthcare to students. If you have questions or concerns about any aspect of the vaccination process, please reach out for support.

A list of resources and contact information listed in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion support webpage can be found here: https://www.du.edu/equity/dei-covid-19-resources

Providing Proof of Influenza (Flu) Vaccination

Influenza records must include the following information:

  • Full name of patient
  • Flu vaccine type
  • Administration Date

We are flexible on what we can accept for these. Examples include: Receipt of payment, clinical after visit summary, or vaccination record.

You should upload your document:

  1. Log into your MyHealth portal
  2. Select “send a message/load records” on the myhealth homepage
  3. Select “new message”
  4. Select “I want to submit Immunization Records”
  5. Attach and upload your file(s)

If you are unable to upload, you may:

Please include your DU ID number, first and last name with all communications.

After the Health & Counseling Center (HCC) has reviewed your record, you will receive a confirmation message (Due to high volume, please allow up to three business days for confirmation). For questions about accessing MyHealth or for help uploading, contact info@hcc.du.edu.

Flu Attestation

If you received your influenza vaccination but are unable to provide adequate documentation of your influenza vaccination, You may complete the Flu Attestation Form.

  1. Download the Flu Attestation Form

  2. Fill in the information about your vaccination, Date, Location, Place of Service

  3. Fill in the identification information and sign at the bottom of the form

The University of Denver requires an actual signature. An adobe digital ID will be rejected.

You should upload your document:

  1. Log into your MyHealth portal
  2. Select “send a message/load records” on the myhealth homepage
  3. Select “new message”
  4. Select “I want to submit Immunization Records”
  5. Attach and upload your file(s)

If you are unable to upload, you may:

Please include your DU ID number, first and last name with all communications.

After the Health & Counseling Center (HCC) has reviewed your record, you will receive a confirmation message in MyHealth.

Exemptions to Influenza (Flu) Vaccination Requirement

DU recognizes that not every individual is in a position to be vaccinated against Influenza (Flu) at this time. Accordingly, DU has established a process to consider requests for certain limited exemptions to the Influenza (Flu) vaccination requirement. HCC will consider requests for exemptions for medical and non-medical reasons DU may reconsider the availability of certain exemptions based on changing conditions on campus, in the surrounding community, or the state; changes to public health guidance; and/or developments related to the Influenza (Flu) vaccines.

Similarly to our 2020 fall term, should you become ill with influenza or a similar flu-like illness, you must remain off campus for the duration of your illness to allow for a full recovery and assist in keeping our community healthy.

Medical exemptions require a letter or statement from your doctor indicating the clinically supported reason you should not receive the required vaccinations.

Personal or religious exemptions should complete the certificate of exemption form. Non-medical exemptions require a statement from the individual, or parent/guardian if the individual is under 18 years of age, stating that a vaccine is against sincerely held religious or personal beliefs. Non-medical exemptions must be renewed annually.

Non-Medical Exemption Form (PDF)

You should upload your document:

  1. Log into your MyHealth portal
  2. Select “send a message/load records” on the myhealth homepage
  3. Select “new message”
  4. Select “I want to submit Immunization Records”
  5. Attach and upload your file(s)

If you are unable to upload, you may:

Please include your DU ID number, first and last name with all communications.

After HCC has reviewed your request for exemption, you will receive notification within your MyHealth portal. For questions about accessing MyHealth or for help uploading, contact info@hcc.du.edu.

 

Influenza Frequently Asked Questions

Is the flu vaccination requirement a permanent change to DU’s Immunization Policy?

Yes. This new requirement will be for Fall 2021 and all future flu seasons in an effort to keep our community safe and healthy.

To whom does the requirement apply?

The requirement mandates flu vaccination for all full and part-time students, faculty, and staff living, working, or learning on campus. Individuals may request medical, disability, personal, and religious exemptions. See "Exemptions to Influenza (Flu) Vaccination Requirement" detailed above.

Why is the University making this recommendation now?

Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic occurring simultaneously with influenza, the University felt this action was necessary to maintain a safe community. Increased access to and uptake of the influenza vaccination will ensure our health care systems capacity and a safer campus community.

Is there a consequence for those that do not get a flu shot?

Individuals who do not certify that they have received the 2021-22 flu vaccine or have an approved exemption or accommodation will not have access to campus. If the inability to access University facilities affects an employee’s ability to perform job functions, please work with your supervisor to find alternative work options but there may be consequences as determined by the employee’s supervisor. Similar to our 2021 Fall quarter/semester, should you become ill with influenza or a similar flu-like illness, DU would ask you to remain off campus for the duration of your illness to allow for full recovery and assist in keeping our community healthy.

How will faculty, other academic appointees, and staff provide proof that they have received their flu shot?

For those students, faculty, and staff vaccinated through the University, no further action is required.

If you received your influenza vaccination outside DU, you may upload a receipt or other proof of vaccination. See "Providing Proof of Influenza (Flu) Vaccination" detailed above.

DU will accept vaccinations for the current flu season (2021-22)

If you have further questions, contact the DU Health and Counseling Center for assistance at 303-871-2205 or info@hcc.du.edu

Are there any exemptions from the flu vaccine requirement?

Yes. Students, faculty and staff may request an exemption through the following process. See "Exemptions to Influenza (Flu) Vaccination Requirement" detailed above.

Medical exemptions require a letter or statement from your doctor indicating the clinically supported reason you should not receive the required vaccinations. Medical exemptions need to be filed only once.

Nonmedical exemptions (to mean an immunization exemption based upon a religious belief whose teachings are opposed to immunizations or a personal belief that is opposed to immunizations) should complete the certificate of exemption form. Non-medical exemptions (statement from the individual, or parent/guardian if <18 years of age, stating that a vaccine is against sincerely held religious beliefs) need to be renewed annually.

If you have further questions, contact the DU Health and Counseling Center for assistance at 303-871-2205 or info@hcc.du.edu.

Will students, faculty, and staff without an on-campus presence for Winter/Spring 2022 need to provide proof of influenza vaccination?

If students, faculty and staff need on-campus access at any time, they must certify by December 15 that they have received the 2021-2022 flu vaccine or have an approved exemption or accommodation.

When will this year's flu vaccine will be available?

The vaccine is available now. Anyone can get their flu vaccine at retail pharmacies, through their healthcare provider, or on-campus flu clinics. Dates, locations, and times of on-campus clinics are listed above and through CrimsonConnect.

What is the cost of the flu vaccinations for faculty, other academic appointees, or staff?

There will be no cost for students, faculty, and staff who obtain their flu vaccine on-campus. All Affordable Care Act-compliant medical insurance plans, including DU’s employee health plans, cover influenza vaccination at no cost to the individual.

If an employee does not have health insurance that covers the full cost of a vaccine, will DU reimburse the employee for the cost?

No. On campus flu vaccination will be offered at no cost or contact your local public health department for information about the availability of free or low-cost flu vaccines.

Will you be setting up flu vaccine clinics off campus for faculty/students/staff?

No. Students, faculty, and staff without an on campus presence can obtain the vaccine from a local pharmacy or their healthcare provider’s office.

What is the deadline to receive the flu vaccine?

The deadline is December 15, 2021, for those who are required or wish to access the DU campus, and subject to requests for exemption. However, all members of the DU community are strongly encouraged to receive the flu vaccine.

If a student/faculty/staff member does not get their flu vaccine, and therefore are restricted from the DU campus, can they still attend class/work remotely?

Most courses have online learning options. Students should communicate with their professor. For faculty and staff, if their chair/supervisor determines their job does not require on-site presence, they may work remotely.

Individuals who do not certify that they have received the 2021-22 flu vaccine or have an approved exemption or accommodation will not have access to campus. Should you become ill with influenza or a similar flu-like illness, DU would ask you to remain off campus for the duration of your illness to allow for full recovery and assist in keeping our community healthy.

Will hourly workers be granted time off to obtain the vaccine?

Policy covered hourly employees may take up to two hours of paid time. Employees must provide advance notice to their supervisor.

Will this requirement apply to union-represented employees?

Yes. DU will collaboratively review the effects of this new requirement with on-campus union representatives.

Is December 15 a firm deadline for when students, faculty, and staff must document they’ve received a flu vaccination or an approved exemption or accommodation?

This is a firm deadline for students, faculty, and staff who will have an on campus presence for Winter 2022. If you are currently off campus but are later required or wish to access the DU campus (other than as a patient) during the 2021-22 flu season, you must provide proof you have received the flu vaccine or an exemption or accommodation (or have a request for exemption or accommodation pending). Even if you continue to work or study remotely, everyone is encouraged to obtain the 2021-22 vaccine consistent with CDC and CDPHE guidance, as well as recommendations from the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Are contractors covered by the new vaccine requirement?

Contractors who are DU employees are covered by the new flu vaccine requirement. Independent contractors, vendors, and other visitors are not covered, but are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated. [Note: access to campus by non-affiliates may be restricted.]

Does this requirement apply to visiting scholars and visiting students?

Yes. One of the main purposes of the vaccine requirement is to reduce the risks of being on campus, and it applies to all students, faculty, and staff with campus access. The requirement is not premised on whether a person is a paid employee, but rather whether they are a student, faculty or staff member entering the DU campus. Accordingly, the requirement does apply to visiting scholars and visiting students.

Does this requirement apply to children enrolled in Ricks or Fisher Early Learning Centers?

No, the requirement does not apply to those children, however these child care centers are subject to state laws governing mandatory vaccinations and campuses may implement similar mandates, consistent with recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

How can one get the flu vaccine?

Anyone can get their flu vaccine at retail pharmacies, through their healthcare provider, or on-campus flu clinics. Dates, locations, and times of on-campus clinics are listed above and through CrimsonConnect.

I am afraid of getting a shot. May I opt out?

Please speak with your health care provider about your options. Where available, people can get vaccinated with a nasal spray rather than a shot. Fear alone is not a basis for a medical exemption or accommodation.

Can I get the flu from getting the influenza vaccine?

No, flu vaccines cannot cause flu illness. Flu vaccines given with a needle (i.e., flu shots) are made with either inactivated (killed) viruses, or with only a single protein from the flu virus. The nasal spray vaccine contains live viruses that are attenuated (weakened) so that they will not cause illness.

 

Associated Data

Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS)

The University of Denver Health & Counseling Center (DU HCC) participates in the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS).  Immunizations given at the DU HCC will be entered into CIIS. Other information such as past immunization records provided to the DU HCC, gender, and the office where each shot is given will be included in the registry to be sure that your record is accurate and cannot be confused with another patient's record. Your address will also be included in the system to allow your healthcare provider to send you a card to remind you are due for an immunization. All information entered into CIIS is secure and confidential.

Under Colorado law, you can exclude your immunization information from participation. If you would like to opt out, please complete the form on the CIIS opt-out procedures page then provide a copy to CIIS as directed on the form.