Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:
Students and employees can now register for a seasonal flu vaccination at https://itsapps.unc.edu/ClinicRegistration. You can also register by going to the Environment, Health and Safety website, http://ehs.unc.edu, or the Campus Health Services website, http://campushealth.unc.edu. Employees without Internet access should ask their supervisor or administrative assistant for help in making an appointment, or consider visiting one of the 17 walk-in clinics, also listed at http://ehs.unc.edu.
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 best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated. The 2011-2012 flu vaccine (http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine) will protect against 2009 H1N1 and two other influenza viruses: an H3N2 virus and an influenza B virus. This year, the clinics are offering the FluMist (nasal spray) form of vaccination in addition to the traditional shot form. There is no cost for the FluMist for those on one of the covered plans listed below. For more information about FluMist, go to http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/nasalspray.htm.
As in previous years, the University is offering on-campus flu clinics for University students, faculty and staff as well as a family flu clinic on Oct. 22 for family members (children 4 years and older), retirees, volunteers and others who do not qualify as employees or students. There is no charge for the seasonal flu vaccine for students and employees who are insured through the State Health Plan (SHP), Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Pearce and Pearce, Partners, Aetna, Humana Gold, SummaCare, Advantra Freedom, and Medicare Part B. You must bring your health plan card and your UNC One Card ID to the clinic. Employees and students not on the listed plans can also get a flu vaccination by paying $25 for the shot or $35 for the nasal spray (FluMist). Because of parking and staff limitations, on-campus clinics are limited to current students, faculty, and staff.
If you are unable to attend an on-campus flu clinic, information on community flu clinics can be found by going to "Find a Flu Clinic," on the website of the American Lung Association,
http://www.lungusa.org/lung-disease/influenza/flu-vaccine-finder. This year, many local and area pharmacies are offering flu vaccinations in cooperation with the State Health Plan (SHP), thus, there is no out-of-pocket expense for those insured by SHP or Blue Cross Blue Shield. Please check with your preferred pharmacy to see if it is part of this new program.
All clinics are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except the Family Flu Clinic on October 22, which is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
September 27, Giles Horney - Magnolia Room, (By Appointment)
September 28, Lenoir Hall - Pit Entrance, (Walk-in)
September 28, FPG Student Union - West Lounge, (Walk-in)
September 29, Michael Hooker Research Center - Lower Level Atrium, (By Appointment)
October 4, Medical Biomolecular Research Building, (MBRB) - 2nd floor lobby, (By Appointment)
October 5, Lenoir Hall - Pit Entrance, (Walk-in)
October 5, FPG Student Union - West Lounge, (Walk-in)
October 6, Granville Towers - Agora Dining room lounge, (Walk-in)
October 6, Health Science Library - Ground floor, (Walk-in)
October 11, Michael Hooker Research Center - Lower Level Atrium, (By Appointment
October 11, William and Ida Friday Center For Continuing Education - Windflower Room, (By Appointment)
October 12, Lenoir Hall - Pit Entrance, (Walk-in)
October 12, FPG Student Union - West Lounge, (Walk-in)
October 13, McColl - Loudermilk Foyer, (Walk-in)
October 13, Student and Academic Services Building (SASB-North) - Upendo Room), (Walk-in)
October 18, Giles Horney - Magnolia Room, (By Appointment)
October 19, Lenoir Hall - Pit Entrance, (Walk-in)
October 19, FPG Student Union - West Lounge, (Walk-in)
October 20, Medical Biomolecular Research Building, (MBRB) - 2nd floor lobby, (By Appointment)
October 20, Physician's Office Building - Basement Entrance near Jackson Circle Deck, (By Appointment)
October 21, FPG Student Union - Room 2518, (Walk-in) Employee Appreciation Day Clinic
October 22, Family Clinic - William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education - Dogwood Room (By Appointment) (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
November 15, Michael Hooker Research Center - Lower Level Atrium, (By Appointment)
November 16, Lenoir Hall - Pit Entrance, (Walk-in)
November 16, FPG Student Union - West Lounge, (Walk-in)
November 17, Giles Horney - Cypress, (Walk-in)
As many of you are aware, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recently voted for universal flu vaccination to expand protection against the flu to more people. Please take advantage of the numerous opportunities on campus to protect yourself and your family during the upcoming flu season.
Mary Beth Koza, Director, Environment, Health and Safety
Mary Covington, MD, Executive Director, Campus Health Services
The information above is sponsored by Environment, Health and Safety and Campus Health Services.