Shoreline will host a flu immunization clinic from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21, in Room 9202 PUB. Immunizations will be available by the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association for students, faculty, and staff.
The association can bill most major health insurance plans – Regence, Premera, Group Health, United Healthcare, Molina, Community Health plan, Coordinated Care, and Aetna – for the flu immunizations. They do not bill Cigna, Kaiser, or TriCare. In order to process the billing, those receiving a flu shot must complete a patient consent form, which includes name, address, date of birth, and individual insurance subscriber number.
For those without insurance, the shots are $28, which can be paid in cash or check. Credit or debit cards are not accepted.
According to health officials, in addition to vaccination, personal preventative measures are among the most effective in preventing getting and spreading diseases such as the flu. Recommendations include:
- Practice good hygiene
- Wash hands with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand cleaners. When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or use your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Know the signs and symptoms
- Look for signs of fever, such as feeling very warm, a flushed appearance, and sweating or shivering. A fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius.
Ongoing efforts by the college to promote flu awareness and health include:
- Posting informational posters about hand-washing and germ-containment practices in all restrooms
- Keeping restrooms well-stocked with soap and paper towels
- Using good custodial practices, including:
- Complete restroom cleaning
- Disinfectant wipe-downs of door handles
- Spray disinfectant for commonly touched surfaces
The college website has additional information about measures in place regarding infectious diseases.