Flu Vaccine Still Available, Effective

The latest report from the Centers for Disease Control notes influenza A (H3N2) activity has increased significantly and reported cases of the flu are rising throughout Michigan. Sindecuse Health Center’s lab has confirmed the first case on campus. With stories about influenza in the news, health center staff want the WMU community to know that an ample supply of flu vaccine is available.

The CDC recommends the flu shot for everyone age six months and older. The vaccine is effective at preventing the flu or reducing severity of symptoms. Patients should check with their insurance carrier regarding benefits––many insurance companies treat seasonal flu immunization as a covered benefit. WMU students receiving flu vaccinations not covered by insurance will pay $20.

Prevention habits to include in your daily routine can also prevent the spread of infection:

  • Wash hands frequently, for 20 seconds with soap
  • Cover your cough with an arm or sleeve
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

To make an appointment for a flu shot, go online or call (269) 387-3287.

Changes to BCBS PPO Plan Affect Some WMU Employees

Starting in 2018, changes will affect some employees covered by Western Michigan University’s Community Blue PPO plan when they receive services at the health center. These changes affect faculty and staff in AAUP and non-bargaining employee groups, their retirees, surviving spouses and their covered dependents. Visit our page with a description of the changes made by the University to learn more.