FOR ONE DAY ONLY: The flu vaccine comes to you!

Discovery Health has partnered with Uber, Clicks and Dis-Chem to bring the flu vaccine to you! So, if you're too busy to go out and get vaccinated, you can have a flu shot brought right to your doorstep!

On Thursday, 2 May 2019 between 10:00 and 15:00, members who live in selected areas in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town or Port Elizabeth can have a nurse from one of our wellness partners: Clicks or Dis-Chem, arrive at their location within minutes, ready to administer the flu vaccine for up to five people per visit.

Discovery Vitality members can earn 1 000 points Vitality for having a flu vaccination.

How it works

  1. Open your Uber app between 10:00 - 15:00 on Thursday, 2 May 2019
  2. Set your pickup location
  3. Swipe right on the vehicle options and select “UberWELLNESS”
  4. Confirm your ride and if a driver is available at that time, a nurse will arrive to administer flu vaccinations for up to five people - for only R100!
  5. The demand in your area could be high, so book early, be patient and keep trying.
  6. Not yet an Uber user? Sign up with Uber here using the promo code “UBERWELLNESS19” and enjoy R75 off your first ride!

While the flu vaccination will be at no cost to you, R100 will be charged directly to your Uber account to cover the cost of the nurse coming to you.

Terms and conditions

  • Activation will last for one day only – 2 May 2019 from 10:00 – 15:00
  • Flu shots will only be available in selected areas of Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth
  • You must be an Uber user to request your flu shot on demand.
  • You must be 18 years or older
  • Nurses can administer up to five individual vaccinations per ride requested.

If you are unable to request a flu shot, please contact your healthcare professional or visit an accredited facility in the Discovery Wellness Network to get the flu vaccination.

Frequently Asked Questions about the flu vaccination

In South Africa, the best time to get your flu vaccine is before the end of April, before the flu season sets in, and before the virus spreads or as soon as the vaccine becomes available. However, if you have missed this period, the vaccine can still be taken at any time during the winter season.
You may have had the flu vaccine before and think you don’t need to have it again but the strains of the flu virus vary every year. With strains and strengths of viruses changing, you should consider getting the vaccine every season to remain protected.
There are certain circumstances where a person should not have a flu vaccination. This includes people who have had a severe allergic reaction to a flu vaccination in the past and people who have a severe allergy to eggs. Children younger than six months should not have a flu vaccination. If you are unsure or have any questions, you should speak to your healthcare provider to see if you can have a flu vaccination.
Flu vaccination has been proven to be the most effective way of preventing infection and reducing hospital admissions related to flu complications. Flu vaccination continues to offer benefits when given at any time during the flu season but the ideal time for vaccination is before the season starts. It takes the body about two weeks to develop antibodies against the flu virus.
Side effects are usually not serious and will generally disappear on their own in a day or two. The most common side effects are mild pain, redness and swelling of the skin at the injection site. Other possible side effects include fever, feeling unwell, headaches, muscle and joint pain.
You can get your vaccination at your GP or at your pharmacy clinic or at your workplace clinic (where available). Find a provider here.
Fees for the vaccination often include the costs of the actual vaccine, and associated professional fees. For high risk members, Discovery Health Medical Scheme will pay the cost of the actual vaccine. Professional services for the administration of the vaccine – for example, the consultation and pharmacy administration fee - are paid from your available day-to-day benefits. If you do not have a Medical Savings Account or are in a Self-payment Gap, you will be responsible for paying the professional fees yourself.

Not all pharmacies charge for the administration of the flu vaccine. Please ask your pharmacist about this
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