October 23, 2017

Free flu shots available at campus events through end of week

Flu shot events (for all benefits-eligible employees -- including those who have opted out of the Purdue medical plans -- as well as spouses and dependents who are covered on a Purdue medical plan) will take place through Friday (Oct. 27) at various times and locations around Purdue’s West Lafayette 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.

The Center for Healthy Living on Purdue’s West Lafayette campus continues to provide free flu shots at the center for all benefits-eligible employees -- including those who have opted out of the Purdue medical plans -- as well as spouses and dependents who are covered on a Purdue medical plan. Vaccines are available at 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). No appointment is required. Patients are asked to sign in at the front desk.

Pediatric (ages 6 months to 35 months) flu vaccines will only be available on campus at the Center for Healthy Living. Patients under 2 years of age require two vaccines and will need to return to CHL for the second dose as well.

The Center for Healthy Living will be administering the Novartis Fluvirin, trivalent, pre-filled syringe injectable (trace preservative - thimerosal) to those age 3 and older. The center will administer the Fluzone, pre-filled syringe, quadrivalent vaccine for pediatric patients 6 to 35 months of age. Those needing an alternative vaccine should see their provider.

Everyone coming for a flu shot, regardless of location, should bring their Purdue ID card or their Anthem medical plan ID card.

Two additional ways to get a flu shot at no charge

Additionally, employees, spouses and children who are covered on a Purdue medical plan have the option of getting a free flu shot through either of the following ways:

* Go to their health care provider: All Purdue medical plans cover seasonal flu shots for covered employees and family members covered on a Purdue medical plan.

* Go to a participating retail pharmacy: Those getting a flu shot through a retail location will need to show their Anthem ID card to ensure all flu shots are billed through their Anthem medical plan. Note: Some pharmacies have age restrictions regarding pediatric flu vaccines; check with the pharmacy before arrival.

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


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