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Get your vaccination before flu season arrives

Sept. 21, 2010

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 and on a walk-in basis at Sindecuse Health Center.

"H1N1 is one of three strains of flu viruses in the seasonal vaccine this year," says Kristine Hanson, director of nursing at Sindecuse. "So, only one vaccination is needed."

Beginning Monday, Oct. 4, vaccinations will be administered in Sindecuse Health Center weekdays on a walk-in basis (no appointments).

  • Mondays, 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays, 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Fridays, 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4:30 p.m.

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.

Tuesday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1207 Aviation Education Center, College of Aviation

Thursday, Sept. 30, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 3131 Sindecuse Health Center, especially for WMU retirees

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

Tuesday, Oct. 19, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 157 Bernhard Center

Tuesday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., D120 Engineering and Applied Sciences Building

Wednesday, Nov. 10, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., indoor tennis courts, Student Recreation Center.

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.

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

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

For WMU retirees, 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 PPO insurance plan. Flu shots cost $25 for retirees without Medicare who are covered under MPSERS.

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.

Visit sindecuse.com or call (269) 387-3287 for more information.

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

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