Get your flu shot by October so you’re protected through the winter months, when flu is most likely to spread.
Why get a flu shot?
Your annual flu shot is an essential part of staying healthy. The flu shot is like any vaccine against dangerous diseases—it protects you, your family, and your community from becoming seriously ill. Here’s what you need to know about getting yours.
2023-2024 flu season:
This season, all flu vaccines will be designed to protect against the four flu viruses that research indicates will be most common.
When should I get the flu vaccine?
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone six months and older should get an annual flu vaccine, ideally by the end of October. This provides the best protection through the winter months when the flu is most likely to spread.
However, flu shots will still be available for several months after October and will still offer protection through the end of the flu season in the spring.
Where can I get a flu vaccine?
You can visit your local doctor’s office, pharmacy, or clinic event in your area. You can also get your flu shot at drugstores and grocery stores.
Visit the Flu Vaccine Finder to find a flu vaccine location near you.
How much does the flu shot cost?
In most cases your flu shot is FREE $0!
- Most health insurance plans, including Medicaid and Medicare part B, cover the cost of flu vaccine every year for adults.
- CHPW’s Apple Health (Medicaid) and Medicare Advantage Plans cover the cost of your flu shot. CHPW members can call 1-800-440-1561opens phone dialer (TTY: 711) to ask questions or request assistance.
- If you don’t have insurance coverage for the flu vaccine, you may still be able to receive it at no cost ($0). Reach out to your local health department for availability and locations.
- Children age 18 and under can get a flu vaccine and other recommended vaccines at no cost ($0) in Washington. The provider may charge an administration fee to give the vaccine, but you can ask them to waive this fee if you cannot afford it.
- Families can also reach out to Help Me Grow at 1–800–322–2588 (in-language assistance available) for help finding vaccines and other health resources.
- Helping children feel better during immunizations by Heathwise.
For more information, visit KnockOutFlu.org.
- Frequently Asked Questions About Flu in WA by WA Department of Health
- The CDC’s guide to Similarities and Differences Between Flu and COVID-19
- CHPW Members, learn about the COVID-19 vaccine and testing.