WMU News

Flu, meningitis vaccination clinics scheduled

Sept. 30, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Four campuswide meningitis and influenza vaccination clinics will be held this year for Western Michigan University faculty, staff, students, retirees and emeriti.

No appointment is necessary to attend the clinics, which have been scheduled for four dates in October and November.

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., second floor, Sindecuse Health Center, retirees and emeriti accommodated.

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Room 2020 Fetzer Center, during the annual Health and Wellness Fair.

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2 to 7 p.m., second floor lobby, Student Recreation Center.

Thursday, Nov. 3, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Room 157 Bernhard Center.

The meningitis vaccination costs $92. Flu shots cost $20 for students and $10 for employees, emeriti and retirees. As an added benefit to faculty and staff, flu shots will be administered to benefits-eligible employees for free during the Oct. 11 clinic.

Vaccination costs may be paid by personal check or cash at the time of service or may be charged to students' University accounts. No credit card payments will be accepted.

The meningococcal (meningitis) vaccine is safe and effective against four of the five types of the bacteria that cause meningococcal meningitis in the United States. The vaccine is routinely recommended for college freshmen, especially those who live in residence halls.

Each year's influenza vaccine contains protection for the virus types most likely to cause the flu during the coming winter. Anyone wishing to reduce the likelihood of contracting influenza should consider receiving the vaccine.

Those over age 65 are especially encouraged to be immunized, as are those who are at increased risk for flu-related complications, such as persons with diabetes, heart disease, asthma or other lung disease, HIV infection., or any chronic medical condition.

The clinics are being offered by WMU's Sindecuse Health Center in partnership with the University's Bronson School of Nursing, Residence Life office, Student Recreation Center and Division of Student Affairs.

Meningitis and influenza shots also are available at Sindecuse. For more information, call the health center at (269) 387-3287 or visit www.sindecuse.org.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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