January 28, 2019

Have a healthy new year: flu shots available through March

Michigan’s flu season typically peaks in February. And for those not yet vaccinated, there is still time.

At Wayne State University, daily interaction with many people across campus is unavoidable. Immunizations help protect the campus community by preventing the spread of disease. The Campus Health Center (CHC) is providing flu shots to all Wayne State faculty, staff and students at walk-in flu clinics across campus and at the health center through the first week of March.

“We are very happy to provide the flu vaccine to the entire WSU community this year,” said Ann Rayford, CHC’s chief nursing officer. “We see this as an opportunity to keep all of Wayne State healthy and flu-free, and for employees to be an example to students to show the importance of receiving the vaccine.”

Getting vaccinated against the flu is in accordance with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is for the health and safety of individuals, family members, colleagues and students.

Flu shots are available at no out-of-pocket cost to all faculty and staff enrolled in a WSU-provided health care plan. For those not enrolled, there is a $35 charge for the immunization. CHC will process credit card payments or accept cash (exact change only) the day of immunization. Check CHC’s event calendar for the most up-to-date walk-in clinic dates.

CHC offers some helpful tips for the day of your immunization: Bring one completed copy of the flu outreach consent form (paper copies are available at the clinic as well), bring your health insurance card (if you have one), bring your OneCard, and wear short sleeves or layers that can easily be removed.

For the fifth consecutive year, Wayne State has won statewide and placed second in the nationwide College and University Flu Vaccination Challenge for medium schools.

“The CHC team worked closely with various university partners to educate them about the benefits of prevention to keep our WSU community from getting the flu and other illnesses,” said Ann Clifton, chief nursing officer at the Campus Health Center. “I’m proud of the CHC staff, WSU students and university partners who worked together to truly represent the Wayne State community and keep our students and employees healthy.”

It is not too late to get vaccinated this flu season. Please visit one of CHC’s walk-in clinics to get your flu shot, if you haven’t done so already.

For more information about the flu in Michigan, visit michigan.gov/flu.