All RUSH personnel (employees, students, contractors and volunteers) are required to receive a flu vaccine every year or to request a medical or religious exemption. The vaccine is free to all RUSH personnel.
We require this vaccine to protect our patients, employees and other community members, and to comply with the guidelines of the federal Centers for Disease Control and the Joint Commission.
2023 Dates and Deadlines
The deadline to receive the flu vaccine for all personnel at RUSH University Medical Center, RUSH Oak Park Hospital and RUSH University is Nov. 10, 2023. The deadline to request a flu exemption is Nov. 3, 2023. Please note that exemptions do not renew and need to be applied for each year.
Where to Get Vaccinated
RUSH personnel are encouraged to receive the flu shot at a non-RUSH location, as appointment availability for flu shots at RUSH may be limited. If you receive your flu shot outside of RUSH, you must submit your records at rush.edu/vaccinerecord by Nov. 10. Please allow three business days for your vaccination to be documented and reflected on noncompliance lists.
Appointments to receive the flu vaccine at RUSH must be scheduled in MyChart. Walk-ins are not allowed.
Appointments for flu vaccines are available weekly at the locations below. Appointments can be made at either location.
- RUSH University Medical Center – Fourth Floor, Tower, Quiet Hallway
- RUSH Oak Park Hospital – Employee Health Services (second floor, room 259)
Getting Started with MyChart
If you do not already have a MyChart account, you will need to create one in order to schedule an appointment. Learn more about MyChart and the My Rush app here.
To create a MyChart account for free, visit the MyChart registration page. Choose “Verify Identity with a Third Party" to answer questions and create an account. If you have questions about MyChart, please call the MyChart Helpline at (312) 563-6600.
Using MyChart to Make an Appointment
Once you have downloaded the MyChart app onto your mobile device, please follow these instructions to make an appointment.
- Navigate to "Schedule an Appointment."
- Select "Rush Employee Health Vaccinations."
- Identify your position type, then enter your RUSH ID. (Contractors, please enter your company name or the RUSH department with which you are contracting.)
- Select your preferred location: RUMC or ROPH.
- Select your preferred appointment date and time.
- Review your information and schedule your appointment.
Contractors, Students and Volunteers
Contractors, students and volunteers are also welcome to receive the flu shot at RUSH. Appointments must be scheduled in MyChart. Choose the correct option (Contractor/Student/Volunteer) while scheduling. Walk-ins are not allowed.
Employees must submit medical or religious flu vaccination exemption requests at rush.edu/exemption by Nov. 3.
Special Flu Shots
High-dose shots will be available at RUSH University Medical Center only; please schedule your shot at RUSH University Medical Center if you require the high-dose flu vaccine
Flu Compliance Badge Stickers
If you submitted an outside flu vaccine, you can receive your badge sticker from Employee Health. Please wait at least three weekdays from submission to ensure your flu vaccine was documented.
If you have questions about the flu vaccine requirement at RUSH, please contact the Employee Service Center at (312) 942-3456, or call ext. 2-3456 from a RUSH landline, or from the RUSH network, go to esc.rush.edu.