WVU promotes flu vaccination to keep community healthy | Electronic news

Experts predict widespread infection after two mild seasons. To promote the health and safety of our campus and local community, West Virginia University encourages all students, faculty and staff to get a flu shot this fall.

Watch a video from the Faculty of Pharmacy about the importance of flu shots.

In addition to getting a flu shot from a primary care provider, appointments are available for students, faculty and staff through WVU Medicine Student Health during regular business hours of 7:45 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9: 45 am to 4 pm on Saturday.

WVU’s Urgent Care and Primary Care locations are currently offering appointments. To make an appointment, call 855-WVU-CARE (855-988-2273) or schedule yourself through MyWVUChart. If you’re a WVU Medicine employee, the annual flu shot hosted by WVU Medicine Employee Health begins Tuesday (October 4).

Students, faculty and staff can get their flu shot from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday (Oct. 5) or from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 12, 18 and 20 at the WVU Student Recreation Center. Insured persons must carry their insurance card.

After two mild flu seasons, due in part to COVID-19 safety guidelines such as masks and social distancing, experts predict a more widespread infection this year. While seasonal flu viruses are found throughout the year, it is recommended that you get vaccinated by the end of October to ensure protection during the peak flu season in the fall and winter.

The CDC recommends an annual flu shot for everyone six months and older. This includes people with conditions that may put them at higher risk of flu complications, as well as pregnant women.

WVU Medicine requires all employees, providers, residents, students and volunteers to have a flu shot unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption. This includes WVU faculty and staff (government employees) whose job duties bring them into contact with patients, as well as those whose work requires them to periodically enter patient care areas, even if their primary work location is elsewhere. Individuals who are unsure whether this requirement applies to them should ask their supervisor for clarification. Students working in the clinical areas of WVU Medicine or on clinical rotations elsewhere should contact their Office of Student Services for additional information. Proof of immunization must be provided to Employee Health by Wednesday, December 28. If you are requesting a medical or religious exemption for a flu shot, you will need to submit an exemption form to HROneSource by Wednesday, November 2. If you want a medical release, your primary care provider will need to sign a medical release form.

Both the WVU Medicine Student Health and WVU Medicine Urgent Care clinics also offer COVID-19 vaccination options. The first, second and booster doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are available at these clinics, and people can choose to get the flu shot at the same time as the COVID-19 vaccine.

Flu shots are fully covered by PEIA and the Health Plan for insured WVU employees, spouses and dependent family members. Flu shots are also covered for students under the Aetna Student Health plan. Those who are not insured through these providers may also bill their insurance. Note: A $30 cash payment option is also available for the flu shot. However, most insurance providers fully cover the cost. The vaccine against COVID-19 is available free of charge.

Visit the Talent and Culture or WVU Medicine Student Health websites for more information.

Students should contact Student Health at 304-285-7200 with any questions. Employees should contact their primary care physician.

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