Seasonal Flu Shots for Faculty, Staff & Retirees
Health Fitness, Rice’s new wellness partner, will be on campus to administering FREE flu shots and biometric health screenings to all benefits eligible faculty, staff and Rice retirees. Non-benefits eligible faculty and staff and all spouses/domestic partners can also get the four strain (quadrivalent) seasonal flu vaccination trivalent for $36.00 by paying for the shot at the time of service (check or money order made 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 making an account using your Rice employee (E) number. You may 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* and biometric health screenings will be held on campus on the following dates/times:
|Monday, October 17, 2016||7 am to 3 pm||Farnsworth Pavilion, RMC|
|Wednesday, October 19, 2016||11 am to 3 pm||Grand Hall, RMC|
|Thursday, October 20, 2016||7 am to 3 pm||Grand Hall, RMC|
Additional dates/times will be offered for seasonal flu shots* only:
|Tuesday, November 1, 2016||8 am to 1 pm||Police Station, LETC**|
|Thursday, November 3, 2016||8 am to 3pm||Farnsworth Pavilion, RMC|
|Friday, November 4, 2016||8 am to 3pm||Farnsworth Pavilion, RMC|
* Please note that the shots provided this year by Health Fitness is a quadrivalent (four strain) vaccination which will protects against two influenza A viruses (H1N1 and H3N2) and two influenza B viruses.
** Please access the police station LETC through the post office.
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 insurance if given by a nurse). Here is a website where you can locate a particular vaccine through their search/map tool: http://flushot.healthmap.org/.
If you are covered under Rice’s health insurance, you may also visit your local Envision Rx network pharmacy for a free vaccine using your medical benefits card (please request that the pharmacy process the flu shot through Envision Rx, Rice University’s prescription coverage.).
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 insurance. 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 Envision Rx (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.