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Flu, meningitis vaccination clinics announced

Oct. 7, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Vaccination against seasonal influenza and meningitis will be offered to members of the Western Michigan University community at several University-sponsored clinics this fall.

Vaccinations also are being administered in the Sindecuse Health Center weekdays from 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m., except Thursdays, when vaccination hours are 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.

Separate vaccinations to protect against H1N1 flu virus will be available by late October, when Sindecuse expects to receive the first supplies of the vaccine. Details will be announced in WMU News and on the Flu Information Web page.

The seasonal flu and meningitis vaccinations are available to WMU students, faculty and staff members and their eligible dependents, and to WMU retirees. A valid WMU photo ID card--Bronco Card--may be required to receive a vaccination.

Vaccination clinic schedule

Clinic schedules are subject to change based on availability of vaccine.

Thursday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1219 Aviation Education Center, College of Aviation

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Student Commons, College of Health and Human Services

Thursday, Oct. 15, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., upper level Sindecuse Health Center, special accommodations for retirees

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 157 Bernhard Center; No flu vaccinations, supplies of seasonal flu vaccine have been exhausted.

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., indoor tennis courts, Student Recreation Center; No flu vaccinations, supplies of seasonal flu vaccine have been exhausted.

Cost of vaccinations

Meningitis vaccinations cost $108, although individual insurance plans may cover all or part of this cost.

WMU students will pay $18 for seasonal flu shots and receive a $5 coupon that can be redeemed for a future Sindecuse service.

Benefits-eligible employees and their covered dependents receive seasonal flu shots at no cost to them--the University is funding the cost.

Non-benefits-eligible employees and their dependents will pay $25 for seasonal flu shots.

For WMU retirees, seasonal flu shots are a covered benefit for those with Medicare or Medicare Advantage and for those without Medicare who are covered under WMU's Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan PPO insurance plan. Flu shots cost $25 for retirees without Medicare who are covered under the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System.

Payment for vaccinations may be paid by personal check, with cash or, in the case of students, charged to a University student account. Employees not covered by insurance may use the Payroll Deduction Plan. Sindecuse will bill insurance carriers for students and non-benefits-eligible employees who have provided insurance information. Credit card payments may be made at Sindecuse Health Center only.

For more information, visit sindecuse.com or call (269) 387-3287.

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Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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