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Flu and meningitis vaccination clinics announced

by Jeanne Baron

Sept. 26, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of flu vaccination reminder.
Protect yourself against flu and meningitis.
KALAMAZOO--The Sindecuse Health Center is holding five clinics this fall for Western Michigan University staff, students and retirees who want to protect themselves and the people around them from seasonal influenza and meningitis.

Flu and meningitis vaccinations also are available in Sindecuse on a walk-in basis. As was the case last year, protection against the H1N1 flu strain is included in the seasonal flu shot, so only one vaccination is needed.

In addition to WMU retirees, flu and meningitis shots are available to WMU students, faculty members and staff members as well as these groups' eligible dependents (12 years of age and older). A valid WMU photo ID card--the Bronco ID Card--may be required to receive a vaccination.

The clinic schedule, which is subject to change based on vaccine availability, is as follows:

Vaccinations also are being administered on a walk-in basis in Sindecuse at the following times:

The cost for flu shots varies. Students receiving flu vaccinations will pay $18 and non-benefits-eligible employees and their dependents will pay $25.

Benefits-eligible WMU employees covered under the University's Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan insurance and their covered dependents receive flu shots with no out-of-pocket expenses if they get their shots at Sindecuse or its vaccination clinics--the University is again picking up this cost.

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.

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

Payment for vaccinations may be made 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 only at the Sindecuse Health Center site.

For more information about vaccinations, visit the Sindecuse Health Center online or call (269) 387-3287. Questions may be directed to the center's nurse's station at (269) 387-3393.