Every fall, King County’s Balanced You team encourages employees to get their flu shot and this fall, flu shots are more important than ever. While the flu shot won’t protect you from COVID-19, it has many other important benefits. Getting the flu shot can reduce your risk of getting the flu, help protect vulnerable populations, and conserve health care resources as we continue to navigate the pandemic. Here’s what employees and their family members need to know about flu shots this fall, including how to access them near you.
Who should get a flu shot?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone six months and older get a flu vaccine every year. They go on to recommend getting a flu vaccine by the end of October – because it takes a few weeks for the vaccine to become fully protective – but encourage people to get vaccinated later rather than not at all. During the ongoing pandemic, it’s particularly important for those at increased risk for illness from COVID-19 and other vulnerable populations to receive their flu shot.
Where can employees get a flu shot?
The health of King County employees is Balanced You’s top priority. To reduce the spread of COVID-19 and promote social distancing, this year’s onsite flu clinics will be restricted to essential employees, defined as employees who are currently reporting to work rather than telecommuting. View the flu shot clinics for on-site employees here.
Employees who telework and family members are asked to visit their primary care provider’s office or local pharmacies to get their flu shot. Remember to call ahead to verify that the flu shot is available and within network.
While providers and pharmacies are following CDC guidance for delivering flu shots, there are steps you can take to protect your health as well. When getting a flu vaccine, follow CDC’s recommendations for running essential errands and doctor visits, and continue to take everyday preventive actions.
Will my insurance cover my flu shot?
Yes. All King County employees and their dependents who are covered by Kaiser or Regence are eligible for free flu shots at healthcare clinics or pharmacies. Visit this blog post for information specific to each insurance plan.
As we continue to learn more about and navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, let’s do what we can to keep ourselves and each other safe.
Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine and flu shot vaccine at the same time?
It is safe to get both the flu and COVID-19 vaccine at the same time. Current CDC guidance for the administration of COVID-19 vaccines states they may be administered with other vaccines, including flu vaccines.
King County flu shot clinics are separate from COVID-19 vaccine clinics, so you will have to schedule them separately. View the remaining dates for COVID-19 vaccine clinics.
As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, let’s do what we can to keep ourselves and each other safe.