Flu Season Start – December 1

Dear Rutgers Colleagues,

We are writing today with an important reminder to protect yourself, the ones you care for, and your community by getting your flu shot. We are also writing to announce December 1, 2021 to be the start of Flu Season for Rutgers personnel (as per Policy 100.3.1).

The flu vaccine cannot cause flu illness and it is recommended that almost everyone 6 months and older receive the flu vaccine every year. Flu vaccinations are the most effective way to prevent the flu, lessen its symptoms, and reduce its spread. Flu vaccines will help reduce the burden of flu illnesses and hospitalizations on the health care system and conserve scarce medical resources for the care of people with COVID-19. Flu shots are available at local pharmacies and through your primary care provider. Please visit the State of New Jersey's flu webpage to find a vaccine provider near you or review the information below to obtain your vaccination from Occupational Health.

Rutgers New Brunswick/Piscataway/Newark/Camden Faculty and Staff:

RBHS New Brunswick/Piscataway Faculty and Staff:

RBHS Newark Faculty and Staff:

All Covered Individuals are required to provide proof of seasonal flu vaccination during Flu Season unless they have a Rutgers-approved medical or religious exemption. Please review Policy 100.3.1 to determine if this requirement applies to you. Flu vaccination documentation must be uploaded to the Influenza Vaccine Portal by November 30, and exemption requests were due by November 1. Covered Individuals hired on or after November 1 who would like to seek a medical or religious exemption, must submit the exemption request within 10 calendar days of their date of hire. Any Covered Individual who fails to comply with this policy may be subject to discipline up to and including termination of employment.

We wish everyone in the Rutgers Community a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season. Please remember: wear a mask, watch your distance, wash your hands, and get your flu shot.


Vicente Gracias, MD
Senior Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Vice President for Health Affairs, Rutgers University

Brian L. Strom, MD, MPH
Chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, Rutgers University