Flu shots for faculty, staff, students and family available on campus

Western Today staff

Flu vaccinations for Western Washington University students, faculty, staff and their family members age 13 and older are available now at the Student Health Center while they last.

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. High-risk students should 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 $20 at the Cashier’s Office in Old Main 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 ticket may be submitted to the patient’s insurance company for possible reimbursement.

Students don’t need to purchase a ticket in advance, as the $20 charge will be billed to their student account. A document that can be used to bill insurance for possible reimbursement will be emailed to their WWU email address the next business day after their shot.

Shots will be administered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 12 and 25 at the Student Health Center. Reservations may be made online.

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 Triage at (360) 650-2961 or visit http://www.wwu.edu/chw/student_health/.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 2:22pm