Undergrad tuition at the University of Dayton is $44,890 this year, not including housing and a meal plan – but that won’t buy students the right to refuse the flu shot.
Students who do not receive the flu vaccination or do not submit an exemption will be required to study remotely for the Spring 2021 semester, said a recent communication sent to students.
The deadline to be vaccinated is Nov. 1.
The flu shot is provided “free” – possibly the only thing at the university that won’t cost undergrads.
Students who receive the flu vaccine at an off-campus location must submit proof of vaccination, according to the university’s website.
“Your vaccine receipt/documentation must be attached to the email and include your name; student ID number and birthdate; provider name; and vaccine administration date,” the website states.
“For an exemption on medical, religious or philosophical grounds, you must read and fill out the form here and submit it to Premier Health Network, which is administering flu vaccine compliance and exemptions for the University, by emailing it to pchinf[email protected] by Nov. 1,” the website states.
Students with exemptions will still be able to live on and come to campus, according to the site.
The exemption form can be seen here.
Dr. Eric F. Spina is president of University of Dayton. Spina can be contacted by email.
Last year’s flu shot had an effectiveness rate of just 29 percent, according to the CDC.
As of Aug. 19, 2020, Massachusetts is the first and only state to require the flu vaccine to attend school.
A group in Boston has reportedly filed a class-action lawsuit against the state’s requirement that all children, ages six months and up, get a flu shot this year.