Benefits

Flu shot clinics

Keep you and your family fully functioning this year by avoiding the flu and getting vaccinated. Every fall, we offer a series of free flu shot clinics across campus for faculty, staff, and retirees. If you’re eligible for PEBB benefits, or you’re a student-employee with a GAIP health plan or ISHIP health plan, view the schedule below and join us at a clinic that’s convenient for you.

Covered dependents between ages 11-17 can attend a flu shot clinic with a parent or guardian (who must also sign the claim/consent form). Dependents age 10 and under should see their health care provider.

No appointment is necessary for any of our clinics, but be sure to bring your insurance card and photo ID.

Calendar and locations

(2017 clinic dates and locations will be posted by late summer. Please check back!) 

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UW Health Science Students

UW Health Sciences students are required to receive annual influenza vaccination (or meet the waiver requirements) each year. Details about how to meet the requirement are available on the Health Sciences Immunization Program (HSIP) website.

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Student flu shots

If you’re a UW student who doesn’t qualify for one of our free clinics, we also offer the flu vaccine on campus at Hall Health. Walk-ins are welcome, but we suggest you call in advance at 206-685-1018 to make sure the vaccine is available. Local pharmacies and grocery stores also carry the vaccine, and to see a list of locations, visit the Flu Vaccine Finder.

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Flu shot FAQs

These FAQs are for the 2016/2017 season.

What are Trivalent and Quadrivalent vaccines?
Vaccines that give protection against three viruses are called trivalent vaccines. Vaccines that give protection against four viruses are called quadrivalent vaccines.

Will you be offering the Trivalent or Quadrivalent vaccine?
This year, we’ll offer the Trivalent vaccine, which should cover the most common strains of flu for this season. Again this year, the CDC does not have a recommendation on Trivalent vaccine over the Quadrivalent vaccine.

Are flu vaccinations preservative free? Do they contain the mercury-based preservative, thimerosal?
The vaccines used at our clinics are preservative free. They contain no thimerosal or mercury.

This year our vendor is administering Afluria which is manufactured in Australia by GSK. It is the same vaccine as has been used in previous years with a couple of modifications – the single prefilled dose does not contain preservative and is free of any natural rubber latex in it, or at the tip.

Where can I get proof of my flu shot vaccination?
Employees who require documentation of their vaccination should be sure to request a receipt at the time of service. For lost or forgotten receipts, call the vendor directly and request a copy to be sent to you. You’ll need to provide your full name, as well as the date and place where you received your campus flu shot. Contact Getaflushot.com at 877-FLU-SHOT (877-358-7468).

Where can Harborview employees get a flu shot?
Harborview offers its own flu clinic. Harborview employees should contact HMC Employee Health Service at 206-744-3081 for more information.

Where can I get a flu shot if the clinics listed on the schedule are not close to my work OR if the clinic dates have already passed?
Most local pharmacies and several grocery store chains offer the seasonal influenza vaccine. While most providers will bill your plan directly, double check their billing method before getting vaccinated. To see a list of flu shot clinic locations, go to Flu Vaccine Finder.

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Additional resources

Check out working through flu season to learn more about workplace expectations during flu season, and read the CDC’s Vaccine Information Sheet (PDF). There’s also a list of tips and frequently asked questions for you to help prepare for, and prevent the flu.

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