Get Your Vaccination
Flu vaccinations are available at all Group Health Medical Centers clinics. Ask for the vaccine during your next appointment, or when you're already in a clinic for any other service. Vaccinations are also available on a walk-in basis between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Check signs at the clinics for vaccine locations.
Who Should Get a Flu Shot?
The CDC recommends immunization for everyone 6 months and older. Flu vaccination is especially important for high-risk individuals, including children, pregnant women, adults over the age of 50, and those with chronic conditions. Caregivers for high-risk individuals should be vaccinated.
Once you receive your vaccine, it takes about two weeks for it to begin protecting you. The vaccine will give you protection against the flu until it's time for a vaccination next fall.
Vaccine Supply and Availability
Group Health has plenty of vaccine available.
The nasal vaccine, FluMist, is available for healthy individuals between the ages of 2 and 49 who are not pregnant.
No Charge for Members; Fee for Public
Most plans include coverage for seasonal flu vaccinations. For some plans, deductibles and coinsurance may apply. Remember that if you don't get your vaccine at a Group Health clinic, you may need to pay and submit a claim for reimbursement. Check your benefits, or call Customer Service, toll-free, at 1-888-901-4636.
The price for fee-for-service patients or non-Group Health members age 19 and older is $40 for injectable vaccine and $49 for FluMist, the intranasal vaccine. Washington State supplies vaccine for persons under age 19. Flu vaccination for a child eligible for Medicaid's Vaccines For Children (VFC) program is $6; for a non-VFC child the cost is $15.60.
Finding Other Locations
If you don't have a Group Health clinic in your area, ask your doctor where to get your flu vaccine. Also, you can get your vaccine at retail stores, pharmacies, or various community locations offering flu vaccinations. If you go to a non-Group Health facility, you will need to pay for the vaccination and submit a claim for reimbursement (PDF) to Group Health.
Pharmacies that contract with Group Health may offer flu vaccinations at no charge to Group Health members; ask at the pharmacy if you will need to pay. If you do, submit the above reimbursement form to Group Health.
For more information, see Seasonal Flu Q&A.
The Consulting Nurse Service is available around the clock to Group Health members who have medical questions or concerns.