Flu Vaccination

Flu vaccinations are available at all Kaiser Permanente medical offices. 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; some Injection Rooms are closed during lunch.

No Charge for Members; Fee for Public

Most plans include coverage for seasonal flu vaccinations. For some plans, deductibles and coinsurance may apply.

Flu vaccine is covered as an in-network preventive service for all Kaiser Permanente members.

The price for fee-for-service patients or non-Kaiser Permanente patients ranges between $20 to $80. Check with the clinic's front desk when you go in for a flu immunization.

Finding Other Locations

You can get your vaccine at retail stores, pharmacies, or various community locations offering flu vaccinations.

Pharmacies that contract with Kaiser Permanente may offer flu vaccinations at no charge to Kaiser Permanente members; ask at the pharmacy if you will need to pay.

If you get a vaccination at a non-Kaiser Permanente facility and need to pay for it, submit a claim for reimbursement to Kaiser Permanente. Check your benefits, or call Member Services at 1-888-901-4636.

If you live in the Puget Sound area, you can get the vaccine at walk-in CareClinics inside several Bartell Drugs locations. CareClinics are staffed with Kaiser Permanente physician assistants and nurse practitioners and are open daily 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Claim for reimbursement (PDF)

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 and will last until it's time for a vaccination next fall.

Kaiser Permanente follows CDC recommendations

  • Anyone who has not received the flu vaccine this season should get vaccinated as soon as possible.
  • Depending on the formulation, flu vaccines protect against three or four different flu viruses. Even during a season when the vaccine is only partially protective against one flu virus, it can protect against the others and reduce the risk of hospitalization or even death.
  • Hand-washing, covering a cough or sneeze, and avoiding people who are sick are especially important.
  • People who do become sick should stay home to avoid spreading the virus to others.
  • Use of antiviral medications when indicated as an adjunct to vaccination.

For more information, see Seasonal Flu Q&A.