Flu shots, biometric screenings offered free to faculty and staff on UPMC Health Plan

It may seem like the 90-degree days just ended, but before you know it, flu season will be here.

The annual flu shot clinics for faculty and staff on all Pitt’s campuses got started this week and will continue through the end of October.

Any faculty or staff member with UPMC Health Plan coverage can receive a free flu shot and earn a Wellness Incentive credit by showing their health plan card. Those without UPMC coverage or who do not yet have their membership card, can still get a flu shot at the clinics for $47 (cash only).

UPMC Health Plan members may obtain a flu shot from a participating provider at no out-of-pocket cost. Members also may obtain free flu shots at CVS Minute Clinic, Giant Eagle or Rite Aid pharmacies, by presenting a UPMC Health Plan member ID card.

If you obtain a flu shot at a clinic or pharmacy that does not participate with UPMC Health Plan, then you will need to pay for the flu shot at the time of service and file a claim for reimbursement.

Upcoming flu shot clinics

Oakland campus

  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 26, William Pitt Union, Lower Lounge

  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 3, Craig Hall, Conference Room 342

  • 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Oct. 10, Benedum Hall, Conference Room 102

  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 24, Bridgeside Point II at Pittsburgh Technology Center, conference room 402

  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 31, Biomedical Science Tower lobby

Shots also are available currently from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Falk Pharmacy; after Thanksgiving, walk-ins are welcome during normal business hours.

Separate flu shot clinics will be held for students.

Regional campuses

  • Bradford: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 2, Frame-Westerberg Commons, University Room
  • Mechanicsburg: noon-2 p.m. Oct. 2, Computer Room 2
  • Greensburg: 7:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 10 , Village Hall
  • Titusville: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 12, Student Union, Room 220; plus additional appointments available 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Johnstown: 7-11 a.m., Oct. 25, Student Union, Cambria Room

Biometric screenings

Also available to all faculty and staff who have UPMC coverage through the University are free on-site biometric screenings. The screenings measure blood pressure, height and weight, as well as total, HDL, and LDL cholesterols, triglycerides, and blood glucose levels. Health incentive credit can be earned for this activity.

It is recommended participants fast for 12 hours before the screening. The blood test is a simple fingerstick test.

Biometric screenings will be done from 7 to 11 a.m. Oct. 2, 3 and 11 in the William Pitt Union lower lounge.

Register through the Pitt Portal at my.pitt.edu. Under the My Resources drop-down menu at the top, select Human Resources. Then select MyHealth Access on the right side. Once in your MyHealth Online account, select Better Health and Wellness from the left-side menu, and then select Biometric Screening Registration.

You also can register by calling UPMC Health Plan concierge at 888-499-6885.

If you are unable to attend an on-site event, you can schedule a screening at a Quest Patient Service Center, using the code Pitt2018 when scheduling (this code is valid for the benefit year July 2018-June 2019).