Flu Vaccine Clinics Continue

posted: September 19, 2013, by Sherri Henderson, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
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The Health Center at Meredith wants to inform you about upcoming flu vaccine clinics at Meredith. Maxim Healthcare Services (http://www.maximhealthcare.com) will be on campus again this year to provide influenza vaccine.

Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the single best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated each year as soon as the vaccine is available. For more information on influenza vaccine please go to http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/index.htm

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When/where/what time will Maxim Healthcare Services be administering influenza vaccine on campus?
Faculty/Staff/Students/Meredith Retirees/Eligible Family Members*
Wednesday 9/25/13 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Kresge
Thursday 10/3/13 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Kresge
Monday 10/07/13 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Kresge

*Eligible family members may attend these flu vaccine clinics. Children ages 4 – 17 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Meredith students 17 years of age or younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

What insurance plans will be accepted at the flu vaccine clinics this year?
There is no charge for the seasonal flu vaccine for students and employees who are insured through:
Student health insurance Meredith offers with BCBS NC
Blue Cross Blue Shield plans from all states in the USA
Premera Blue Cross
Medicare Part B
Medicare Advantage Plans (must say PFFS “Private Fee for Service” on the card)
Aetna
SummaCare
Humana Gold Choice (PFFS) and Humana Medicare (PFFS Only)
Todays Options
National Union Fire Insurance (Pearce and Pearce – College health plans)
Universal Health Care

What do I need to bring? If you have preventive benefits with BCBS NC, student health insurance Meredith offers, or another company listed above, you will need to bring your Insurance card and a photo ID.

Can a Meredith student use the student health insurance plan Meredith offers to receive flu vaccine? Yes. Bring a copy of your insurance card and a photo ID to receive flu vaccine.

Can students 17 years of age or younger receive flu vaccine? Students 17 years of age or younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

What is the cost? Students, faculty and staff (and their family members and children ages 4-17 years) who have preventive benefits with BCBS NC, the student health insurance Meredith offers or another company listed above will be able to receive the vaccine at no charge when Maxim Health Systems is on campus. If you are not sure whether your BCBS NC plan covers these services, please call 1-877-258-3334. The student plan Meredith offers with BCBS NC covers the cost of flu vaccine for students.

If you do not have preventive benefits with an insurance company listed above or with the student health insurance Meredith offers, and wish to receive the seasonal flu vaccine from Maxim Health Systems during the vaccine clinics, there is a charge of $30. The Health Center offers flu vaccine to any Meredith College student, faculty or staff member who does not have preventive benefits with any of the companies listed above starting September 17, 2013 on weekdays from 9am – 12 pm while supplies last. The fee for flu vaccine in the Health Center for students is $25 while supplies last. Flu vaccine remains an employee benefit at no charge for faculty and staff that do not have one of the insurance plans listed above. The Health Center provides influenza vaccine for Meredith College faculty/staff and students only.

Who should not receive seasonal flu vaccine? Most people are encouraged to receive seasonal flu vaccine as soon as possible this season. People who should not be vaccinated include those who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs, people who have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination in the past, people who developed Guillain Barre syndrome Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) within 6 weeks of getting an influenza vaccine and people who have a moderate-to-severe illness with a fever (they should wait until they recover to get vaccinated).

For more information on seasonal flu vaccine, please go to: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/index.htm

Stay healthy.
Wash your hands often.
Cover your cough or sneeze.
Please stay home if you are sick.


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