Flu shots available at Western Oct. 20

Western Today staff

Flu vaccinations for Western Washington University students, faculty, staff, and their family members age 13 and older will be available, while supplies last, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 20 in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room.

For other flu shot clinic dates, please visit the Student Health Center's vaccination clinic website.

Vaccinations for high-risk WWU students (those with chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma or those on immune suppressing medications) are available weekdays at the Student Health Center. Please call (360) 650-3400 and select option 1 to schedule an appointment.

Faculty, staff and their family members must first purchase a flu shot ticket for $18 at the Cashier’s Office in Old Main Room 245. The ticket must be presented to the nurse prior to receiving the shot. Personal checks will not be accepted in lieu of a flu shot ticket. The nurse will initial the ticket after the shot is administered. The initialed ticked may be submitted to the patient’s insurance company for possible reimbursement.

Students don't need to purchase a ticket in advance, as the $18 charge will be billed to their student account. Students wishing to seek possible reimbursement from their insurance company may request an initialed receipt from the nurse administering the shot.

Dr. Emily Gibson, director of the Student Health Center, encourages those with chronic illnesses to get their flu shots as soon as possible and notes that they might need a booster flu shot in January to protect them through February.
For more information, call the Student Health Center's triage line at (360) 650-2961 or visit the center's website at http://www.wwu.edu/chw/student_health/.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 9:18am