Free flu shots offered to employees, retirees

Photo of a flu shotDid you know you can reduce the risk of your first heart attack by 19 percent if you take your flu shot in September, October or November?

This year, the Employee Assistance Program in conjunction with the DeKalb County Health Department and University Health Services are offering the flu shot clinic to NIU employees and retirees from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the Holmes Student Center Ballroom.

Flu shots are free to NIU employees, not dependents, who are insured on any of the State of Illinois Health Care Plans including HMOs or OAPs. You must bring your NIU OneCard.

Employee Assistance will offer again this year the “fast track” option, which allows flu shot recipients to complete the flu vaccine administration form in advance and bring it with them to the clinic.

Anyone who is not on one of the State of Illinois Health Care Plans is not eligible for a free flu shot, but may receive a flu shot for $38.

Retired employees and survivors with the State of Illinois Coverage who are not yet eligible for Medicare are eligible for free flu shots. Medicare will be billed for individuals with Medicare Part B coverage and will not need to pay the $38 but will need to bring their Medicare Card.

Remember to dress with clothes that the nurse will be able to freely access your upper arm. Vaccine will not be given to anyone allergic to eggs or have had an adverse reaction after receiving the influenza vaccine.

Those who are unable to attend either of the clinics offered on campus can contact the DeKalb County Health Department at (815) 758-6673 to find out more about public walk-in clinics.

For more information, call (815) 753-9191.

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