Flu Vaccination

Flu vaccinations are no longer available at Kaiser Permanente medical offices. Check back in the fall to find out when the vaccine for the next flu season will be available.

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 Kaiser Permanente clinic, you may need to pay and submit a claim for reimbursement. Check your benefits, or call Member Services, toll-free, at 1-888-901-4636.

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 $50 to $75. Check with the clinic's front desk when you go in for a flu immunization.

Finding Other Locations

If you don't have a Kaiser Permanente clinic in your area, ask your doctor where to get your flu vaccine. 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 do, submit a claim for reimbursement (PDF) to Kaiser Permanente.

You can get your vaccine at retail stores, pharmacies, or various community locations offering flu vaccinations. If you go to a non-Kaiser Permanente facility, you will need to pay for the vaccination and submit the above claim for reimbursement form to Kaiser Permanente.

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 Kaiser Permanente physician assistants and nurse practitioners and are open daily 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

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.

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 during this flu season.
  • 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.


Questions?

The Consulting Nurse Service is available 24/7 for members who have medical questions or concerns.