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GW Fight the Flu!

GW Fight the FluFor the health and wellbeing of GW staff, faculty, and students, as well as the Washington, D.C. community, the GW Occupational Health Program recommends that EVERYONE receive an influenza vaccine this year. If you are authorized to be on campus, influenza vaccine is now REQUIRED by the university.

It’s likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both spread this fall and winter. Health care systems could be overwhelmed treating both patients with flu and patients with COVID-19. This means getting a flu vaccine during 2020-2021 is more important than ever. While getting a flu vaccine will not protect you against COVID-19, there are many important benefits, such as:

  1. Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death.
  2. Getting a flu vaccine can save health care resources for the care of patients with COVID-19.

If you are authorized to be on campus in the spring semester, you will need to provide documentation of having received an influenza vaccine BEFORE the beginning of classes on Jan. 11, 2021. Submit your record of vaccination through the myCHC portal or email to

If you are experience difficulty obtaining an influenza vaccine, please call Occupational Health for assistance, 202-677-6230.

You may be exempted from the influenza vaccine for valid health or religious reasons by completing this form. Faculty and staff should should submit the form to (Do not use the myCHC portal for this). For questions contact Occupational Health by phone, 202-677-6230

Students should contact Colonial Health Services at 202-994-5300 regarding procedures for requesting an exemption.

Visit the CDC or DC Department of Health websites for more information about influenza and influenza vaccines.