UberHEALTH 2015: Outsmart the Flu With UberHEALTH

Flu season is just around the corner, and trying to squeeze in your last-minute immunization may not be on the top of your To Do List.

You’re not alone. The flu affects up to 20% of the population each year—but it’s preventable. While vaccination remains the single best option, less than 50% of adults receive a flu shot.

Let us help you beat the bug. On Thursday, we’re bringing house-calls back with UberHEALTH across more than 35 US cities. From 11am to 3pm, we will be delivering wellness packs for $10 and the option to receive a free flu shot from a registered nurse for up to 10 people—at the single tap of your app.


On Thursday, November 19, enter code NYCHEALTH to request an on-demand wellness pack and option to receive a flu shot


HOW IT WORKS:

  1. OPEN your Uber app in Manhattan and select areas of Brooklyn between 11am and 3pm on Thursday, November 19
  2. TAP the profile icon and select ‘Promotions’
  3. ENTER promo code NYCHEALTH to unlock the special ‘UberHEALTH’ option
  4. SELECT the ‘UberHEALTH’ option and request to your location (Pro Tip: Please select a suitable indoor location)
  5. Upon arrival, users will receive a wellness pack for $10 and have the option to request a flu shot from a registered nurse from Passport Health for up to 10 people–at no cost
  6. If you request a shot, the nurse will handle all paperwork and consent forms

We expect demand for UberHEALTH to be high, so your patience is appreciated.

Last year we learned some valuable insights from our first UberHEALTH pilot program, and today our journal was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine that explores more. Convenience and delivery method are both key components of many people’s decision of whether or not to get a flu shot. We know there is more that we can do, and are thrilled to have Dr. John Brownstein, PhD joining as our first advisor in the field of health care. With his guidance and expertise, we will be able to identify other ways we can leverage the Uber platform so we can drive to a healthier future.

Unable to get UberHEALTH, but still interested in getting a flu shot? Use VaccineFinder to find the nearest shot provider nationwide. 

DETAILS:

  • Cost is $10. Maximum of 1 wellness pack & 10 free flu shots per request.
  • All vaccinations (appropriate for ages 4 and up) will be administered by a registered nurse through Passport Health. All consent information and paperwork stays between the recipient and them.

About John Browsnstein, PhD:

John Brownstein, PhD., is the Director of Computational Epidemiology Group at Boston Children’s Hospital and Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School. He is the co-founder of Epidemico and is joining as Uber’s first advisor in the field of health care.

*Sources: CDC National Early Flu Vaccination Coverage, United State, November 2014
Thompson M. Updated Estimates of Mortality Associated with Seasonal Influenza through the 2006-2007 Influenza Season. Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2010;59(33):1057-1062.

 

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