Flu shots now available for Western faculty, staff and students

Western Today staff

Flu shots are now available on campus to Western Washington University students, faculty and staff. Flu shots will not be available to dependents this year.

The Student Health Center strongly encourages all Western students and employees to obtain the seasonal flu vaccine this year. Dr. Emily Gibson, the center's director, encourages those with chronic illnesses to get their flu shots as soon as possible.

The cost for students and employees is $20. Faculty and staff must first purchase a flu shot ticket at the Student Business Office in Old Main Room 110. 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 given, and the ticket may then be submitted to insurance for possible reimbursement.

For students, the $20 charge will be billed to each student account, and a document to aid in filing for insurance reimbursement will be emailed to student email accounts the next business day after each visit.

Flu shot clinics will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, and Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Student Health Center.

Online reservations must be made ahead of time here.

For more information, visit the Student Health Center's website on vaccine clinics.

The Whatcom County Public Health Department's website lists a number of community seasonal clinics.

Friday, October 19, 2012 - 9:59am