Flu Vaccine Clinics at Meredith College
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.
Maxim Healthcare Services will be administering influenza vaccine on campus during the following flu vaccine clinics. The clinics are open to students, faculty, staff and eligible family members.
Monday, September 19 from 4-7 p.m., Science/Math Atrium
*Eligible family members may attend these flu vaccine clinics. Children ages 4 – 17 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.
The 2011-2012 flu vaccine will protect against 2009 H1N1 and two other influenza viruses: an H3N2 virus and an influenza B virus. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm The CDC also recommends receiving the vaccine as soon as it is available.
There is no charge for the seasonal flu vaccine for students and employees who are insured through:
Student health insurance Meredith offers
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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. Students 17 years of age or younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. If you have not received your insurance card, please print a copy of your card from the Health Services website.
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.
What is the cost? Students, faculty and staff (and their family members and children ages 4-17) 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.
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 who does not have preventive benefits with any of the companies listed above starting September 13, 2011 on weekdays from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. while supplies last. The fee for flu vaccine in the Health Center for students is $20 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 does not provide vaccine for family members.
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-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: www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm