Free flu vaccinations recommended

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In a year where much feels like it’s out of our control, getting a flu vaccine is one thing that you can do to make a difference and keep yourself and others healthy. Getting vaccinated is convenient and considerate. Get vaccinated for yourself, for your friends, and for your family.

The university provides free flu vaccines to faculty and staff. This year’s vaccine campaign begins Monday, Sept. 21. 
Please note: UI employees can get their flu vaccine at any available location free of charge as a part of their UI health plan. If the campus sites do not work for you, please get your flu vaccine at any convenient location. The on-campus locations are designed for your convenience, but are not your only option.

Eligibility

UI regular full-time and part-time (50% or greater) faculty and staff are eligible for a free vaccine. All UI Health Care employees and volunteers—regardless of percentage time worked—are eligible and encouraged to obtain a free flu vaccine.

Not eligible for the free vaccine? If you don't qualify for the free flu vaccine through our employee health program, you have other options for getting a flu shot. The cost may be covered by your insurance.

How to Get the Vaccine

It's as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1. Sign into your ReadySet account using your HawkID and password and complete our short flu survey. You may also access ReadySet at your Employee Self Service website > Benefits & Wellness Section > liveWELL. 

2. Bring your UI photo ID card (the Iowa One card) to the vaccination location. A UI Hospitals and Clinics photo ID badge is also acceptable. 

3. Get your flu vaccination.

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Scan with your phone to complete the ReadySet flu survey.

Where to get vaccinated

There are several ways you can choose to receive your flu vaccine this year. We've taken extra measures to promote social distancing and safety.

Faculty and staff who are unable to attend a scheduled flu vaccination clinic can obtain their vaccine at UI QuickCare, UI Urgent Care, Iowa River Landing, or from their primary care provider. If you don't have a primary care provider, you can request one by calling 800-777-8442 or use the online appointment form.

UI Health Care employees

UI Health Care employees must receive the influenza vaccine (or decline it in order to comply with the mandatory flu campaign). 

Visit The Loop to learn about how you can get your flu vaccination. 

UI Students

Student Health will host two free flue vaccine clinics for students. They will take place:

  • 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, River Room, Iowa Memorial Union
  • 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, River Room, Iowa Memorial Union

Students can also schedule a flu vaccine with Student Health by calling 319-335-8394. Walk-ins are not allowed. For more information, go to the Student Health flu vaccine webpage. 

Early vaccination is recommended this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic so as many people as possible can be vaccinated before flu season begins.

Other Information

All flu vaccines administered through University Employee Health are latex- and preservative-free.

Employees who are eligible and want to receive the high-dose vaccine recommended for ages 65+ will be able to do so at all clinic sites and at the University Employee Health Clinic.

Please contact University Employee Health Clinic at employee-health@uiowa.edu with questions or concerns.

Flu and COVID-19 this Fall and Winter

While it’s not possible to say with certainty what will happen in the fall and winter, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes it’s likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both be present in our communities. Getting a flu vaccine will be more important than ever. The CDC recommends that all people age 6 months and older get a yearly flu vaccine.

Please take these steps to stay as healthy as possible this fall and winter:

  • Get a flu vaccine.
  • Wear a face covering unless you are at home or alone in your office.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer often.
  • Maintain a safe distance from others.
  • Use a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your face.