Seasonal Flu Shots & Health Screenings
Health Fitness, Rice’s wellness partner, will be on campus to administer FREE flu shots and biometric health screenings to all benefits eligible faculty and staff. Rice retirees are eligible to receive a free flu shot. Non-benefits eligible faculty and staff and all spouses/domestic partners can also get the flu shot for $36.00 by paying for the shot at the time of service (please make checks or money order payable to Rice University, sorry no cash can be accepted).
No appointment necessary for flu shots. You must pre-register for biometric health screenings through the Healthy Rice. Health Life WebPortal after setting up an account using your Rice Employee (E) number. You will find additional instructions on this process by viewing the HealthFitness WebPortal section of our Wellness Program page or by reading our Wellness Portal Login Instructions.
Seasonal flu shots only will be held on campus on the following dates/times:
|October 22||9:00 am – 2:00 pm||Cambridge Office Building, room 112|
|October 24||9:00 am – 2:00 am||Cambridge Office Building, room 110|
|October 29||2:00 pm – 6:00 pm||Duncan Hall, conference room 1044|
|November 1||9:00 am – 2:00 pm||Anderson Clarke Center, room 109|
|No appointment needed|
Seasonal flu shots* and biometric health screenings will be held on campus on the following dates/times:
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
(closed 10 – 11 for Wellness Fair set up)
Grand Hall, RMC
|October 17||8:00 am – 1:00 pm||Farnsworth Pavilion, RMC|
|October 18||8:00 am – 1:00 pm||Farnsworth Pavilion, RMC|
* Please note that the shots provided this year by Health Fitness is a quadrivalent (four strain) vaccination.
If you are unable to get your flu shot through our wellness program, or if other family members need flu shots, visit a nurse at your doctor’s office (free under Rice University’s medical plans if administered by a nurse). HealthMap is a website where you can locate a particular vaccine through its search/map tool: http://flushot.healthmap.org/.
If you are covered under one of Rice’s health plans, you may also visit an Express Scripts in-network pharmacy (please log and select “Find a Pharmacy” under the “Prescriptions” menu) for a free vaccine using your Aetna medical identification card (please request that the pharmacy process the flu shot through Express Scripts, Rice University’s prescription pharmacy manager).
If you are interested in reading more about the seasonal flu shots, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Prevention provides information on the various flu vaccinations available, who should receive, effectiveness, and more. Please visit the following website for the details: Seasonal Flu Shot.
You can view an informational flyer from flu.gov here: Flu Season Flyer
If you are unable to get your shot through our wellness program or if you want to vaccinate your other family members, please coordinate a seasonal flu shot visit with a nurse in your doctor’s office — Aetna will pay 100% of the cost of the vaccine and administration by a nurse (meaning no copayment!) for anyone covered in Rice’s health plans. You can also go to your local pharmacy (Walgreen’s, CVS, HEB, etc.) and present your medical card – be sure to let the pharmacy know that they need to process through Express Scripts (information on the back of your Aetna card).
For questions or concerns, please contact your Benefits Team.
For more information about programs and services offered to Rice University faculty & staff, please visit our Wellness Programs page.