Free flu shots offered Sept. 20, Oct. 12

Photo of a woman blowing her noseAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is wise to receive a flu shot as soon as it is made available in your community: The flu season can begin as early as October, but commonly peaks in January or February. Flu vaccine provided in September will give protection throughout the season.

Coordinated by the DeKalb County Health Department, free flu shots will be administered on campus this fall in the Regency Room of the Holmes Student Center.

The clinic will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12.

This service is intended for:

  • all full- and part-time staff and faculty who have health care coverage through one of the State of Illinois Health Care Plans, including the HMOs.
  • retired employees and survivors with State of Illinois health care coverage not yet eligible for Medicare.

Adult dependents of employees and all others still can receive the shot by paying a $35 fee. Medicare will be billed for individuals with Medicare Part B medical coverage. A Medicare card must be presented on the day of the shots. Students are encouraged to visit the University Health Services for a reduced fee.

No appointment is necessary on either of these two days.

Simply present your state health insurance card or state employee identification card to receive your free flu shot. You are also required to provide the last four digits of your Social Security Number for identification and payment purposes.

Remember to dress so that nurses can easily access your upper arm. The vaccine will not be given to individuals allergic to eggs or those who report a history of previous adverse reactions after getting influenza vaccine.

New this year: Fast Track. By reviewing the Vaccination Information Statement sheet and carefully completing the accompanying flu clinic consent form ahead of time, visitors can expect a more efficient, timely experience at this year’s flu clinic.

For those who are unable to attend these clinics, the flu shot can be obtained for adults age 19 and older at the public walk-in clinics held at the DeKalb County Health Department, 2550 N. Annie Glidden Road in DeKalb.

Call (815) 753-9191 or email employeeassistance@niu.edu for more information.

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