Student Heath Services reopens with a focus on flu vaccinations

Foust Hall holds the Student Health Services and Counseling Center.

The Central Michigan University student health clinic reopened on Oct. 18 after the two-day closure due to employee illness. 

Student health services were closed on Oct. 14 and 15, “Due to a short-term issue with limited staffing,” according to an announcement sent to students via email. Appointments that were taking place during the closure were rescheduled or referred out to other health care providers.

“The two-day closure was due to a temporary short-term staffing issue caused by employee illness,” clinical services manager Drew Curry said. “We respect our employees’ rights to privacy, and therefore, are unable to share additional information.”

On the day of reopening, student health services released an announcement regarding a flu vaccination initiative. Students, staff and faculty were encouraged to get vaccinated for the flu and reduce cases of severe illness. 

Vaccinations are free with insurance and can be received in Foust Hall at the CMU Student Health Services, where walk-ins are accepted. If insurance doesn't cover the full cost, the university will pay the balance. Additionally, students can go to a single-day clinic being held in the Bovee University Center Rotunda on Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For the clinic, CMU will be partnering with Alana’s Foundation, an organization that works to prevent deaths from the flu. Registering for the clinic is recommended to ensure there are enough flu vaccinations for those who want them.

In addition to flu vaccines, student health services has the Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots available at no cost. An appointment for the booster shot can be made at the CMU Health website.