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2020-21 flu shot guide for Seattle families

Just added: more new drive-thru clinics

It’s time to plan a flu shot for each family member over 6 months of age.

With seasonal flu epidemics forecast to move through the population this fall and winter, and the COVID-19 epidemic still spreading, public health officials are urging families to protect themselves from the flu virus.

The Seattle Visiting Nurse Association added new dates extending its series of drive-through flu shot clinics at public schools and other locations through October. It is also providing daily clinics at North Seattle College. Before you go, you need to register online.

If you are uninsured, don’t be spooked by the “Insurance” section of the form. Just write “no insurance.” You can find the schedule below.

For 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.

The CDC recommends that everyone over the age of six months should get their shots before the end of October. (If you don’t manage it by then, it’s still a good idea to get a flu shot. The annual flu season usually peaks around February and lingers well into the spring.) 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.

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.

See also: Your kids still need their vaccines, even during coronavirus crisis.

 

More details on Seattle Public Schools clinics

Here are the upcoming “drive-through” events at different public schools

 

2020 Fall Drive-In Flu Clinics By DATE

 

Daily (October 19, 2020 – October 30, 2020)

North Seattle College – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Madison Middle School – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Genesee Park (City Park) – 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

 

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Rainier Beach High School – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Chief Sealth High School – 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

 

Friday, October 23, 2020

South Shore K-8 – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Washington Middle School – 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

 

Monday, October 26, 2020

Cleveland STEM High School – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Chief Sealth High School – 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

 

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Washington Middle School – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

South Shore K-8 – 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

 

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Chief Sealth High School – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Madison Middle School – 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

 

Thursday, October 29, 2020

South Shore K-8 – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Cleveland STEM High School – 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

 

Friday, October 30, 2020

Rainier Beach High School – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Genesee Park (City Park) – 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

School-Based Health Center Flu Shots

School-based health centers located in many of the SPS schools also offer flu shots to any SPS students. Flu shots and other services are available no matter your insurance status or ability to pay. To get a flu shot at a school-based health center, contact the center directly. For a list and map of schools with school-based health centers, visit King County School Health.

 

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