2020 – 2021 Flu Season
Now is the time to start thinking about when, how and where you’ll get immunized against the flu this year. Flu season typically peaks between December and February, but you should plan on getting your flu shot early to protect yourself against this serious respiratory illness, especially considering some of the changes and challenges created by COVID-19. We have arranged onsite flu clinics for essential workers. Information about when and how to get an onsite shot has been distributed internally to those employees.
Everyone else should make plans to go to an in-network pharmacy or doctor’s office to receive a flu shot at no cost.
Kaiser Permanente Members
Appointments: Flu shots will be available at Kaiser Permanente beginning Monday, September 21st by appointment only. Booking appointments online will be available beginning September 14th. If members are in the clinic for an appointment and have not yet received a flu shot, they should be offered a flu shot while they are there.
Contracted pharmacies: Members can get their flu shot at a contracted pharmacy. All plans will be billed through OptumRx.
Non-contracted pharmacies: Flu shots can be obtained by non-contracted pharmacies. If the provider does not bill Kaiser Permanente Washington, then the member must pay for the vaccine/administration and submit a claim to Kaiser Permanente for reimbursement.
Appointments: Look for an in-network provider who offers a flu shot through Find a doctor. Select the category Doctors by specialty and search for “flu shot.” You can also visit the immunization section of the benefit booklet or call their customer service at (855) 877-0047.
In-network pharmacies: No appointment is necessary when you visit an in-network pharmacy, which includes Walgreens, Rite Aid, Safeway, Fred Meyer, Costco and more.
By getting a flu shot and following preventive care and social distancing guidelines, you’re more likely to stay well this fall and winter.