ONE MORE FLU VACCINE CLINIC – First Come, First Served!
Wednesday, Jan. 16th from 9 am – 4 pm, Health Center, Carroll Hall, First Floor
If you already received your flu vaccine this year, thanks! Dr. Allen and many faculty, staff, and students already received flu vaccine when it was offered on campus last semester. As you’ve probably heard, it is not too late to get a flu shot. Please take this opportunity to get vaccinated and protect yourself and others!
In a Nutshell – To Receive Flu Vaccine
1. Flu Vaccine Clinic - Wednesday, January 16 from 9 am – 4 pm in Meredith College Health Center, 1st Floor Carroll Hall
2. “This year’s flu outbreak is expected to be one of the worst flu outbreaks in 10 years” warns Centers for Disease Control (CDC). http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/flu-outbreak-2013-expected-worst-decade-cdc-warns-article-1.1235178#ixzz2HVjq1UCF
3. Flu Vaccine is the single best way to prevent the flu according to the CDC and is recommended for anyone older than 6 months unless one is allergic to the vaccine.
4. If you don’t have preventive benefits with one of the insurance companies listed below the cost for flu vaccine is $30.
5. Bring your health insurance card and photo ID if you have preventive benefits with one of the insurance companies listed below.
6. Meredith students and family members, ages 4 - 17 years or age, must have a parent or guardian present.
7. The Meredith College student health insurance plan and the Meredith College faculty/staff plan with BCBS covers the flu vaccine at no out of pocket cost.
Tips to Stay Healthy
Tips for avoiding, treating and dealing with the flu:
1. Wash, wash, wash your hands or sanitize your hands often with hand sanitizer.
2. Wipe down shared work or household objects such as door knobs, bathroom faucets, telephones, keyboards, computer mice, and TV and stereo remote controls with Lysol.
3. Avoid people who are ill and coughing.
4. If you are sick with the flu, stay home in bed, rest and avoid contact with others. Don't be a martyr. You will just get other people infected and prolong your illness.
5. Get a flu shot. A flu vaccine can help prevent you from getting the flu or can lessen the severity of your illness.
6. See your doctor if you have influenza like illness – sudden onset, cough, muscle aches, sneezing, sore throat with or without fever.
Frequently Asked Questions
1) When and where will Maxim Healthcare be administering influenza vaccine on campus? Do I need an appointment or can I make an appointment?
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 from 9 am – 4 pm, Health Center, Carroll Hall, first floor. No appointment necessary, first come, first served. (There may be a wait depending on the number of people attending.)
2) Who is eligible to receive flu vaccine?
Faculty, staff, students and their family members may attend this flu vaccine clinic. Children ages 4 – 17, including Meredith students, must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Children less than 4 years of age are NOT eligible for the vaccine offered at this clinic.
3) What insurance plans will be accepted at the flu vaccine clinics this year? What is the cost if I don’t have preventive benefits with the following insurance companies?
The cost for flu vaccine is $30 if you do not have preventive benefits with one of the insurance plans listed below:
Blue Cross Blue Shield Student health insurance at Meredith
Blue Cross Blue Shield plans from all states in the USA including our employee plan
Medicare Part B
Medicare Advantage Plans (must say PFFS “Private Fee for Service” on the card)
Humana Gold Choice (PFFS) and Humana Medicare (PFFS Only)
National Union Fire Insurance (Pearce and Pearce – College health plans)
Universal Health Care
4) What do I need to bring? If you have preventive benefits with an insurance company listed above, you will need to bring your Insurance card and a photo ID.
5) 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 (GBS) 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/protect/keyfacts.htm
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. The 2012-2013 flu vaccine protects against 2009 H1N1 and two other influenza viruses: an H3N2 virus and an influenza B virus. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm
Video from the NY Daily News 01/08/13 http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/flu-outbreak-2013-expected-worst-decade-cdc-warns-article-1.1235178#ixzz2HVtfket9
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