Flu Vaccinations 2020-21

Western Michigan University’s health center offers seasonal influenza immunizations to students, full- and part-time employees, retirees and other eligible individuals (including dependents 12 and older of full-time employees, retirees and students) beginning Sept. 8. Vaccinations will be administered by appointment at the health center.

Flu Shot appointments

Sindecuse Health Center is administering the quadrivalent vaccine which protects against four strains of the influenza virus. Appointments are available:

  • Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4:15 p.m.
  • Thursdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4:15 p.m.

Drop-in clinics are not scheduled for the fall semester. Because of COVID-19, demand will be high and a preferred appointment day may not be available. The flu shots offered this year are preservative-free. Patients age 65 and older will be given the high-dose vaccine.

To get a flu shot, visit the patient portal and navigate to 'appointments'.

Precautions in place at the health center

Visitors to campus are expected to practice social distancing, wear masks and to complete a daily screening survey on the patient portal. Once the screening survey is done, a green ‘cleared’ badge will be shown to the user and must be presented at the health center for entry. Companions are asked to remain outside during the visit. Staff will be taking visitor temperatures upon arrival. Our providers are offering telehealth visits so there are fewer in-person visitors. Seats in waiting rooms are spaced farther apart. Pharmacy visitors are asked to use the drive-up window.

Students may receive A Flu Shot at no cost

The health center has secured a grant from Alana’s Foundation and pledged matching funds to cover the cost of flu shots for up to 150 uninsured and underinsured WMU students. Student Health Advisory Council members will be leading an effort to encourage students, faculty, and staff to get vaccinated and then vote in the College & University Flu Vaccination Challenge. Anyone who has had the vaccine may vote in the online poll.

Cost

WMU full-time employees covered by the University's Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO group 007005281 and their covered dependents age 12 or older receive flu shots with no out-of-pocket expense at Sindecuse. Other patients should check with their insurance carrier regarding benefits––many insurance companies treat seasonal flu immunization as a covered benefit. WMU employees with Blue Care Network HMO insurance, and part-time employees are also welcome to receive flu shots at the health center with no out-of-pocket cost. Their dependents are not eligible to use the health center for this purpose. In all cases, insurances will be billed first.

For WMU retirees, flu shots are a covered benefit for those with MPSERS, Medicare or Medicare Advantage and for those without Medicare who are covered under WMU's Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO insurance plan. For non-benefits-eligible employees, or those with a non-network insurance plan the flu shot will cost $65 per dose. For those 65 or older the high-dose vaccine is $95.