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Week of September 16, 2013

Flu shot clinics set for university employees this fall

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the best way to prevent influenza is to receive a seasonal flu shot. U-M faculty and staff covered under a university health plan can receive their flu vaccination on campus without paying an out-of-pocket fee.

“Influenza, even when mild, is likely to cause a person to be out of commission an average of two to seven days,” says Dr. Robert Winfield, U-M’s chief health officer. “Some symptoms such as fatigue may last several weeks. Vaccination for seasonal influenza typically reduces the chances of becoming ill by 50-75 percent. There are a number of convenient university locations and times where employees can receive a vaccination without an appointment, and with no out-of-pocket payment.”

MHealthy, in partnership with Michigan Visiting Care (MVC), will host walk-in flu shot clinics at the following locations for faculty and staff who work on Ann Arbor’s Central, North and South campuses, and Dearborn and Flint campuses:

• Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Michigan Union, Pond Room ABC.

• Sept. 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Michigan League, Vandenberg Room.

• Sept. 25, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Palmer Commons, Great Lakes Central Room.

• Oct. 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Duderstadt Connector Hall.

• Oct. 8, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., UM-Flint, Harding-Mott University Center, Michigan Room A.

• Oct. 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., UM-Dearborn, University Center, Kochoff Hall C.

Employees covered under a U-M health insurance plan will not be charged an out-of-pocket fee when they bring their insurance card to the on-site clinic. The cost of the flu shot will be charged directly to their health plan. Employees not covered under an accepted insurance plan can still receive a flu shot at a rate of $25 per person, payable by cash, check or credit card.

For more information on the MHealthy/MVC flu shot clinics, go to www.MHealthy.umich.edu/flu, email UMFluClinics@med.umich.edu or call 734-477-7229.

In addition to the MHealthy/MVC clinics, campus employees can also get a flu shot by appointment at the University Health Service. More information is available at www.uhs.umich.edu/fluvaccination.

For those who work at the U-M Health System, including the Medical School, all information about the requirements — and the many different ways Health System community members can receive the vaccine — is available at www.med.umich.edu/u/flu. The website must be accessed from a U-M computer or virtual network.

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