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2018 flu-shot guide for Seattle-area families

Sorry, kids: If you're 8 or younger you may need two doses of flu vaccine this year.


If you were planning to have your child vaccinated through Seattle Public Schools, you might have to fill out a new form. The agency providing the shot had changed from CareDox Healthy Schools to the Visiting Nurse Association. If you had registered with Healthy Schools, you need to re-register with the Visiting Nurse Association before the date of your school’s flu-shot clinic.


You can find the form and the list of clinics here.


If your school is one of those with a school-based health center, then you don’t need to fill out the form. The centers organize flu shots for the schools where they are based, so to arrange for your students’ flu shot, you need to check in with the Student Health Center.


The 26 schools with student health centers are listed here.


To look at other options for getting your kids and you vaccinated, look for information with your health insurance company, or check King County’s Immunization Clinic Finder or the Washington Department of Health Flu Vaccine Finder.


King County Public Health recommends that everyone over the age of six months should get their shots before the end of October.


"It's definitely not early to get the shot at this point," says public health spokeswoman Lindsay Bosslet.


This year, if your child is 8 or younger, and has had one or no flu shots before, then your child needs a second flu shot at least 28 days after the first one. More information here.


In Washington, vaccines are free for children 18 and younger. The provider might charge an administration fee, but if you can’t afford it, you can ask to have it waived.


It is important to get flu shots before flu becomes widespread because it takes two weeks after the vaccination for the body to become fully protected.

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