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). Vaccinations will be administered by appointment at the health center, and at two outreach clinics in the fall.
Flu Shot appointments
Sindecuse Health Center is administering the quadrivalent vaccine which protects against four strains of the influenza virus. The flu shots offered this year are preservative-free. Patients age 65 and older will be given the high-dose vaccine. 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.
Outreach clinics are scheduled for the Benefits-Wellness Expo for employees on Nov. 10 from 9 a.m to 3:30 p.m. and a planned student-only drop-in clinic on Nov. 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
It's easy to schedule an appointment to get a flu shot. Visit the patient portal, login and navigate to 'appointments'.
Precautions in place at the health center
Visitors to the health center are asked to wear masks to the health center following the U.S. OSHA and Michigan OSHA guidance for health care facilities.
No Cost to Nearly All Patients
WMU employees covered by the University’s Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO and the Blue Care Network HMO and their covered dependents age 12 or older receive flu shots with no out-of-pocket expense at Sindecuse or one of the drop-in events. In all cases, insurances will be billed first.
For students, most insurances cover the cost of the flu shot. For students who are under- or uninsured, a grant from Alana's Foundation will cover the cost of the flu shot for the first 110 students who take advantage of the program.
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 without insurance the flu shot will cost $65 per dose. For those 65 or older who receive the high-dose vaccine, the out-of-pocket cost is $102. Flu shots are also available at many community providers at reduced cost.
Questions should be directed to the health center appointment line at (269) 387-3287.