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Flu Shots Available for UT Tyler Community

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October 9, 2012

Media Contact:  Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
Marketing and Communications
The University of Texas at Tyler
903.565.5769 or 903.539.7196 (cell)

October 9, 2012

The University Health Clinic will offer three flu shot clinics for the UT Tyler community.

Campuswide clinics for students and benefits-eligible employees and their dependents will be:

  • 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 in the University Center.
  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 in the University Center during the UT Tyler Health Fair (other services such as blood pressure and cholesterol screening are also available during this time).
  • 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 in the Braithwaite Nursing Building, room 2440.

Students and dependents who are not on UT Tyler’s health insurance plan may receive the inoculation for $15 (cash or check). Credit cards are not accepted outside of the University Health Clinic. Benefits-eligible employees are asked to bring their Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance card or employee ID for billing purposes.

“Because of enhancements in preventive health-insurance coverage, regular benefits-eligible employees can also get a free flu shot at any participating pharmacy, their physician’s office or at the campus health clinic any time that is convenient for them,” said Joe Vorsas, UT Tyler associate vice president for human resources. “If you have recently joined UT Tyler and are waiting for your BCBS health coverage to commence after the three-month waiting period, you can still get a free flu shot, courtesy of the UT Tyler Office of Environmental Health and Safety.”

Flu shots also are available 8:30 a.m. – noon and 1 – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday at the University Health Clinic on a walk-in basis.

Retirees covered under UT Tyler retiree health insurance may also participate in any one of the three clinics or get a flu shot at a local pharmacy, physician’s office or at the campus health clinic, Vorsas added.

Dependents and spouses do not have to be an active patient at UT Health Science Center at Tyler to be eligible. Those wanting to use Medicare to pay for the flu shot must come to the University Health Clinic to get their shot and bring their Medicare card and driver’s license.

UT Tyler student nurses will administer the injections at the campuswide flu shot clinics.

For more information, contact Vorsas, 903.566.7294 or jvorsas@uttyler.edu or call the University Health Clinic, 903.939.7870 ext. 4884.
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