Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

U-M offers flu-shot options for campus community

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the best way to prevent influenza is to receive a seasonal flu shot.

This year’s seasonal flu vaccine provides protection against three different strains of influenza virus, including the 2009 H1N1 virus.

There are many ways for U-M faculty, staff and students — and their family members — to receive that protection on campus and around the community this year.

MHealthy clinics

MHealthy, in collaboration with Michigan Visiting Care, is conducting walk-in flu shot clinics at convenient locations for Central, North and South campus faculty and staff only. Employees covered under a U-M health insurance plan will not pay an out-of-pocket fee if their health insurance card is presented. Employees not covered under an accepted insurance plan will be charged $25. Other clinics and flu-shot appointments also are available for employees at the Flint and Dearborn campuses. For details, go to www.MHealthy.umich.edu/flu.

University Health Service

For employees unable to attend one of the mass flu shot clinics offered by MHealthy, University Health Service also is conducting by-appointment flu shot clinics through Nov. 1. Appointments can be made online at www.uhs.umich.edu/fluvaccination.

Other walk-in clinics

Michigan Visiting Care will offer walk-in clinics at selected U-M outpatient care centers and at locations in the community. Schedules for these clinics are available at www.med.umich.edu/flu.

U-M Health System community

For those who work or train at the Health System, there are new requirements this year designed to protect patients: Many faculty, staff, students and others working in Health System facilities now will be required to receive flu vaccine, or wear a mask during patient interactions during flu season.

All information about these new requirements, and the many different ways Health System community members can receive the vaccine, is available at www.med.umich.edu/u/flu. (Note: This link must be accessed by a U-M computer, and some links on the resulting page must be accessed via a UMHS computer.)