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2014-2015 flu season:

Getting the flu shot
Cost, insurance, and payment methods
Information on preventing the flu, flu symptoms, what to do if you're sick, and medical treatment and self-care for the flu.

Flu vaccine protects against strains of the virus that researchers predict will be the most common for each year's flu season. Nationally and here at UT, some individuals have come down with the flu, even after getting the flu shot. Although this year's vaccine is not as effective against a certain strain of the flu, getting a flu shot is still highly recommended, because it protects you from several other strains of the flu. It's not too late to get this year's flu shot. Find out more here.

If you think you might have the flu, please call the UHS 24/7 Nurse advice line at 512-475-6877 so that we can help you take the next steps to feeling better quickly.
Find out about flu symptoms here.

Healthyhorns stop germs! In addition to getting a flu shot, here are some actions you can take to help prevent the spread of cold and flu:

  • Keep your hands clean. Carry alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and use it often. See The proper way to wash your hands.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve. When you use a tissue, throw it in the trash immediately.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Don't eat, drink, or smoke after others.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, especially if they have fever, cough, and a sore throat.
  • Get plenty of sleep, exercise regularly, manage stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods.

Getting a flu shot at UHS – UT Students Only

Schedule an appointment online to get a flu shot at UHS by going to MY UHS. If you do not see an available appointment time that works for you, call 512-475-8301 to schedule by phone. Flu shots are available at UHS only for UT students.

At this time, faculty and staff should visit a pharmacy that administers the vaccine or contact their healthcare provider.

Does the flu shot cause the flu?

Getting the flu shot will not cause you to get the flu. The vaccine administered by UHS contains an inactivated virus, which means the virus in the vaccine has been killed so you can't get the flu from the shot.

UHS Flu shot costs, insurance, and payment methods

Insurance billed for:

  • Students with health insurance (except for HMO plans, plans underwritten by insurance companies based outside the United States, or government plans such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Tricare). Must present UT ID and insurance card or provide complete insurance information. If your insurance does not cover the cost of the flu shot at UHS, a $10 charge will be posted to your What I Owe.

$10 charge for: (Cash or check only - no cards. Students may ask UHS to bill "What I Owe.")

  • Students who do not have insurance, or who have HMO plans or insurance plans with companies based outside of the United States or government plans such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Tricare. NOTE: Although UHS cannot bill Tricare for flu shots, we do bill Tricare for charges incurred at UHS clinic visits.
  • You don't have to pay at the time you get your flu shot. UHS can bill your What I Owe.

Speed up your flu shot check-in!
FIRST - If you haven't already done so, enter your insurance information online before you appointment Click "My UHS"

  1. Log in
  2. Click "Messages" on the left side of the screen.
  3. Click "New Message."
  4. Click "I want to submit my insurance information" and follow the instructions.

SECOND - While you're at MY UHS follow directions to complete your medical history, give your consent to treatment and acknowledge that you've read the UHS Charges Policy and Notice of Privacy Practices.

Information on preventing the flu, flu symptoms, what to do if you're sick, and medical treatment and self-care for the flu.