FLU VACCINATION/ PREVENTION
This year’s flu season has been hard on young and middle-aged adults. The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. While there are many different flu viruses, the flu vaccine is designed to protect against the three main flu strains that research indicates will cause the most illness during the flu season.
Getting the flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available each year is always a good idea, but it’s not too late to get a flu shot now! The CDC recommends that people get vaccinated against flu as long as flu viruses are circulating. Influenza seasons are unpredictable and can begin as early as October, and substantial activity can occur as late as May.
In addition, you can take everyday preventive steps like staying away from sick people and washing your hands to reduce the spread of germs. If you are sick with flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading influenza to others.
Student Health has a very limited number of flu vaccines available and is unable to obtain more vaccines at this time, due to a backlog. SHS will offer vaccines only to students at high risk (e.g. pregnant women, persons with asthma, etc.). If you are a member of this high risk group, please call 415 565 4612 to schedule an appointment. Please prepay online for your vaccine before your appointment
For more information about the seasonal flu vaccines go to: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/.
Where can I get a flu vaccine?
Use this flu vaccine health map to find out where you can be vaccinated. If you have UC SHIP, you do not need a referral to get a flu vaccine for the remainder of the Spring 2014 semester. Submit a completed claim form and a copy of your receipt for reimbursement from Anthem Blue Cross
UC STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE INFORMATION
REFERRALS MADE OVER WINTER BREAK
If you have UC SHIP and have self-referred to an MD over the break, you must come to Student Health Services to get a referral for any further visits to that same physician. If you do not get a written referral from SHS, any future visits to that MD will not be covered by your UC SHIP insurance.
INCOMING STUDENTS ONLY
If you are a new student to Hastings, please read and find important information here.
All new students who do not wish to enroll in The University of California Graduate Student Health Insurance Program (UC SHIP) must complete an online waiver. The waiver deadline is January 27, 2014 at 11:59 PM. If a waiver is not submitted by the deadline, you will automatically be enrolled and billed for UC SHIP.
If a student has waived out of the Student Health Insurance in the fall semester, that waiver is valid for the entire school year. A new waiver will be required for the 2014-2015 academic year. If you wish to enroll in Hastings Student Health Insurance, you must make a payment of $2011.00 to Fiscal Services by January 27th.
Eligible dependents of fully enrolled/registered UC Hastings students may elect to pay and enroll in the Voluntary UC SHIP. To learn more about UC SHIP Dependent Enrollment, please go here. All dependents must be re-enrolled in the UC SHIP plan each semester. Re-enrollment is not automatic. Please feel free to call SHS with any questions at 415.565.4612.
Do you have questions about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and how it affects you? Go here. Check out these informative, user friendly links:
The Henry K. Kaiser Family Foundation has a great FAQ section.
Covered California is the state’s health benefit exchange:
To view tutorials on how to use the Covered California website, go here.
Click “start here” to watch a slide deck to learn more about Covered California.
If you want to learn about the plans and costs by county: https://www.coveredca.com/coverage-basics/coverage-map.html
On November 12, 2013, Student Health Services, Hastings Student Health Advisory Committee, and Hastings Health Law Advisory Organization co-sponsored an Affordable Care Act Town Hall. If you missed the town hall, go here to view the content of the presentation”.
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