September 8, 2017

Free flu shots available at Center for Healthy Living; additional events scheduled for campus

The Center for Healthy Living is providing free flu shots at the center for all benefits-eligible employees, spouses and dependents who are covered on a Purdue medical plan. Starting now, patients can simply stop by the center any time during normal business hours (7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday) to receive their flu vaccine. No appointment is required. Patients are asked to sign in at the front desk.

“As an extra convenience for faculty and staff, we are pleased to be able to provide influenza vaccines on-site at the center this year,” says Candace Shaffer, interim associate director, benefits programs. “We hope the additional opportunities to receive the flu vaccine will increase the number of employees who get their flu shots this year.”

The Fluzone quadrivalent vaccine, which is designed to protect against four different flu viruses -- two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses -- and is approved for anyone ages 3 and older, will be administered. The center will administer the Fluzone, pre-filled syringe, quadrivalent vaccine for pediatric patients 6 to 35 months of age. Those who need an alternative vaccine should see their health care provider.

Shots also will be available Oct. 10-27 at various times and locations around campus. Appointments are not needed; just walk in when it’s convenient during the days and times the shots are being offered. The patient’s Purdue ID or Anthem medical plan ID card is required. Pediatric flu vaccines will be available only at the Center for Healthy Living.

If employees can’t make it to the Center for Healthy Living or any of the flu shot event dates on campus, there are other options.

* Retail pharmacies: Anthem has provided a list of participating pharmacies. Be sure all flu shots are billed through each person’s Anthem medical plan.

* Health care provider: In most cases, a primary care provider can administer flu shots. All Purdue medical plans cover the seasonal flu vaccine for employees and covered dependents. 

“In keeping with the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we recommend anyone over the age of 6 months to get the influenza vaccine," says Dr. Stuart Isaacson, medical director at the Center for Healthy Living. “The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the virus is to get vaccinated.”

Employees who have questions about the flu shots may contact Human Resources at 765-494-2222 or hr@purdue.edu.


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