Pro tip: Get your flu shot in 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 just 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.
In 2021-2022, health experts predict opens in a new windowthe flu could be worse than average years, so stay vigilant and opens in a new windowget your flu shot. Getting vaccinated protects you, your family, and your community.
When should I get the flu vaccine?
You should get your flu vaccine before the end of October for 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 many drugstores and even grocery stores.
Visit the opens in a new windowFlu 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 opens in a new windowlocal health department for availability and locations.
- Children age 18 and under can get a opens in a new windowflu 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 opens in a new windowHelp Me Grow at 1–800–322–2588 (in-language assistance available) for help finding vaccines and other health resources.
For more information, visit opens in a new windowKnockOutFlu.org.
- opens in a new windowFrequently Asked Questions About Flu in WA (WA Department of Health)
- opens in a new windowSimilarities and Differences Between Flu and COVID-19 (CDC)
- opens in a new windowLearn about the flu vaccine from a board-certified Family Medicine physician—while she receives her shot in this 3 minute video (Dr. Jen Caudle)
- opens in a new windowLearn about the COVID-19 vaccine including where to get it for FREE and updates about third shots, boosters, and more (CHPW)