September 30, 2011

Flu immunization clinics set for October

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Students, faculty and staff at Southern Illinois University Carbondale have the opportunity to receive flu immunizations at a series of upcoming clinics.

Students can get their vaccinations at the Student Heath Center at the following times and locations:

            •  10 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 3, auditorium

            •  9 a.m.-noon, Oct. 18, Room 140, first floor near pharmacy

            •  Noon-3 p.m., Oct. 20, Room 140

            •  9 a.m.-noon, Oct. 25, Room 140

            •  Noon-3 p.m., Oct. 27, Room 140

Student flu shots are $20 at the clinics and students do not need to pay the $6 front door fee.  Payment can be by cash, check, Debit Dawg, credit card or by adding it to the student’s bursar bill.  Students don’t need appointments during the clinics.

In addition, students can get a flu vaccine at the Student Center at other times by making an appointment but the cost is $20 plus the $6 front door fee.  To schedule an appointment outside of the clinics, call 618/536-2391.

Faculty and staff and family members as well as retired employees and surviving spouses enrolled in a state-sponsored health plan can also get flu immunizations at a pair of clinics on campus. The clinics are set for 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center’s Alumni Lounge on Oct. 11 and 21.  Organizers ask that those with last names beginning with the letters N-Z attend the first day and those with last names beginning with A-M attend Oct. 21, if possible.

The Jackson County Health Department will administer the immunizations for the Department of Central Management Services and there will be no cost for current or retired employees or surviving spouses on state-sponsored health plans.  However, you must bring verification of employment (University ID/picture ID) and a state health insurance card to receive the free shot.  Retirees or state employee survivors must bring state health insurance card and some form of picture ID. 

Be prepared to provide either the last four digits of your social security number, your address or your date of birth for billing purposes.  Also, retirees and survivors must provide their Medicare card if enrolled in Part B coverage.

The health department is now a Health Alliance provider and can bill Health Alliance for vaccines administered to dependents for whom that is the primary health coverage.  Those who are eligible for the free influenza immunizations that have eligible dependents can bring them with their Health Alliance card to the clinics.

The cost for dependent flu immunizations is $35.  The cost for State Vaccine for Children (VFC) children under age 19 is $15 for those who are eligible -- the uninsured, those with insurance that doesn’t cover vaccines, Alaska Natives/Native Americans and those on Medicaid. 

Those who are eligible to attend one of these scheduled clinics but are unable to do so may also get their immunization at the same cost (or free if eligible) at any Jackson County Health Department flu clinic.  For the full clinic schedule or more information, visit the website at or call 618/684-3143.

Pneumonia vaccines are also available for $80 per dose.

For more information about employee/retiree/survivor/dependent immunizations, contact Employee Benefits at 618/453-6668 or visit their website at