by Pamela Young, Published October 14, 2013
YPSILANTI – It takes only ten minutes to get a flu shot, but that ten minutes might save a person from very real complications from the seasonal flu, a virus spread by coughing, sneezing and close contact.
The fall season is a prime time for a variety of health concerns such as the flu and pertussis (whooping cough). Proper hand washing and up-to-date immunizations reduce the risk of illness and infection.
Eastern Michigan University’s Snow Health Center is meeting the flu challenge by offering vaccinations both at its clinic and at various campus sites. Eastern Michigan’s president, Susan Martin, and Kim Schatzel, provost and executive vice president of academic and student affairs, started off the campaign by getting their flu shots Sept. 18 at Snow.
“The flu is unpredictable,” said Ellen Gold, assistant vice president for student well being. “It usually appears in early October, so everyone over six months should be vaccinated. It’s also essential for people with chronic illnesses to be vaccinated.
“People always ask why should they get a yearly flu shot. Flu viruses are always changing and each year’s vaccine is made to protect from viruses that are most likely to cause disease that year”
The Snow pharmacy is a Blue Cross/Blue Shield (BCBS) in-network provider for flu vaccinations. This means that Eastern Michigan employees with BCBS coverage can get these vaccinations for free by presenting their insurance card. For non-BCBS policyholders, the cost is $30.
Students on the EMU student health insurance plan and those with BCBS coverage can also get the vaccine for free by presenting their insurance card.
The cost is $30 for those not covered by the plans above. For information or questions, call University Health Services at 487-1122.
Campus Satellite Clinics
Snow Health Center Clinics: Room 103
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