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; some Injection Rooms are closed during lunch. Check signs at the clinics for vaccine locations.
Group Health has plenty of injectable flu vaccine for patients 6 months and older. We have a limited supply of HD FluZone (for patients age 65 and older). If high dose flu vaccine is not available at your clinic, Group Health strongly encourages patients to receive the vaccine available at that clinic. We want to vaccinate our patients at every opportunity rather than risk not vaccinating at all. Note: The difference in effectiveness between high dose flu vaccine and injectable vaccine is very small.
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.
Flu vaccine is covered as an in-network preventive service for all Group Health members.
The price for fee-for-service patients or non-Group Health patients ranges between $50 to $75. Check with the clinic's front desk when you go in for a flu immunization.
If you don't have a Group Health clinic in your area, ask your doctor where to get your flu vaccine. 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 a claim for reimbursement (PDF) to Group Health.
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 the above claim for reimbursement form to Group Health.
If you live in the Puget Sound area, you can get the flu vaccine at walk-in CareClinics inside several Bartell Drugs locations in the Puget Sound area. The CareClinics are staffed with Group Health physician assistants and nurse practitioners and are open daily 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
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.
Group Health follows CDC recommendations
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.