Loyola University Chicago

Human Resources


Need a Flu Shot?

September 11, 2020 

Dear Faculty and Staff,

Fall is near, and flu season is not far behind. For the health and safety of our faculty and staff members during the COVID-19 pandemic, the University will not be offering flu shots on any of Loyola University Chicago’s campuses this year. However, alternate ways to obtain your flu shot are available:

  • Make an appointment with your network primary care doctor;
  • Visit one of Aetna’s in-network pharmacies or retail locations; or
  • Walk-in or schedule a flu shot at a MinuteClinic® location within select CVS Pharmacy® and Target® locations.

Medical Coverage
All Aetna medical plan participants will need to present their Aetna insurance card when receiving their flu shot, even at retail pharmacies. Flu shots are offered through the Aetna medical insurance benefit only and flu shots are free to participants who visit Aetna in-network providers. We encourage you to stay healthy and take advantage of this preventive health service. 

Health Sciences Campus
Health Sciences Campus Faculty and Staff working remotely or on-site this fall must receive their flu shot by November 13 and are required to submit proof to their supervisor no later than November 13. For those requesting a medical or religious exemption, please submit an Influenza Vaccination Exemption Form with appropriate documentation. 

If you have any questions or would like more information on any of the topics in this message, please contact Human Resources at benefits@LUC.edu, and we will follow up with additional guidance.

We wish our entire Loyola community health and wellness.


Human Resources



Q: None of the providers or locations are convenient for me. Can I go anywhere to get my flu shot?
A: You are strongly encouraged to use an Aetna in-network provider. If a member obtains a flu shot from a non-participating provider, payment for the flu shot will be required at the time of administration. You can submit a claim for reimbursement, but it will be applied to your out-of-network benefits and not covered at 100 percent.

Q: How long does the flu shot vaccine last?
A: The duration of the vaccine is six months.