Seasonal Flu Shots & Health Screenings
In the year of Covid, flu shots are more important than ever. Consider these five important reasons to get the shot this year:
- Providing protection and reduction of severity
- Protection of at-risk groups
- Protecting healthcare capacity
- Preventing COVID-19 and seasonal flu co-infection
- The side benefits of flu vaccination this year
Rice will be offering two different opportunities for every employee to obtain a free flu shot on campus this year. Health Fitness is working with the university on Oct. 14 through 15 and then again on Oct. 19 through 21. Rice will be offering a drive-up option for obtaining the flu shot that will minimize exposure to others. There will also two additional walk-up options for those who do not drive to work. To minimize waiting and in order to maximize convenience, appointments will be required for these events. To make an appointment, click here. You will need your eight-digit employee id number, including the E (ex. E00001234), to register. Employees may bring a spouse or other eligible dependent over the age of 18. There is a space on the appointment scheduler for employees to indicate they will be bringing a dependent.
Seasonal flu shots – appointment required – will be held on campus on the following dates/times:
|Oct. 20||3:00 pm- 5:00 pm||Cambridge Office Building, room 110|
|Oct. 20, 21||8:00 am – 5:00 pm||Cambridge Office Building 5th Floor Garage|
|Oct. 19||7:00 am – 4:00 pm||Cambridge Office Building 5th Floor Garage|
Seasonal flu shots- without an appointment required – will be offered:
* Please note that the shots provided this year is a quadrivalent (four strain) vaccination.
Employees unable to get flu shot through the Rice Wellness program, or if other family members need flu shots, should visit their doctor’s office (free under Rice University’s medical plans if administered by a nurse). HealthMap is a website where employees can locate a particular vaccine through its search/map tool: http://flushot.healthmap.org/.
If employees are covered under one of Rice’s health plans, they 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 their Aetna medical identification card (please request that the pharmacy process the flu shot through Express Scripts, Rice University’s prescription pharmacy manager).
If employees 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.
Additional information can be found in this informational flyer from flu.gov here: Flu Season Flyer
If employees are unable to get their flu shot through the Rice Wellness program or if they want to vaccinate their family members, they should plan to coordinate a seasonal flu shot visit with a nurse in their doctor’s office — Aetna will pay 100 percent of the cost of the vaccine and administration by a nurse for anyone covered in Rice’s health plans. Employees can also go to their local pharmacy (Walgreen’s, CVS, HEB, etc.) and present their medical card – be sure to let the pharmacy know that they need to process through Express Scripts (information on the back of the Aetna card).
For questions or concerns, please contact your Benefits Team.