Flu Resources

Last updated: March 22, 2023, at 4:58 a.m. PT

Originally published: October 22, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. PT

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We’re committed to nurturing the health and safety of our community members. You can help keep our most vulnerable neighbors safe from the flu by getting a flu shot and following the same hygiene procedures that prevent the spread of COVID-19.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, flu shots are more important than ever. Because some of the symptoms of the flu and COVID-19 are similar, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath and headache, it may be hard to tell the difference based on symptoms alone. Testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis. Preventing the flu with a flu shot means there’s less chance of worrying – is it flu or is it COVID?



Flu resources from Public Health – Seattle & King County:

  • Flu shots are quick and easy and recommended for almost everyone over the age of 6 months
  • Flu shots are available in every doctor’s office as well as in most pharmacies; Search for a clinic or pharmacy near you 
  • Most insurance pays for a flu shot 
  • Public Health – Seattle & King County has partnered with Stepping Stone Pediatrics to offer free vaccinations for children ages 0-18 who are uninsured/underinsured/recipients of state-funded health plans
  • Flu vaccine cannot cause flu – it’s scientifically impossible
  • Flu shots are not 100% effective, but research shows if someone who is vaccinated does get the flu, they will have a milder case and be much less likely to be hospitalized