January 13, 2021

By Our Partners at the Washington State Department of Health

Knock Out Flu: Think of It as Your Best Defense

Our collective efforts are helping keep flu activity low this year, but flu is spreading in Washington. The flu vaccine is your best defense against the flu. It’s not too late to get your flu vaccine, and it can still help prevent you from getting sick or spreading the flu to others.

Who should get the flu vaccine?

We recommend a yearly flu vaccine for everyone over the age of six months, including pregnant and nursing women. It’s especially important if you are at higher risk for complications from flu or are around someone who is at higher risk.

People at higher risk include:

Where can I get a flu vaccine?

Check to find a flu vaccine location near you. You can also:

How much does the flu vaccine cost?

The flu vaccine is covered for adults by most insurance plans, including Medicare part B. If you do not have health insurance, or are underinsured, you can get a no-cost flu vaccine at one of these 23 participating Safeway and Albertsons pharmacies.

All children in Washington under 19 years of age can get the flu vaccine and other recommended vaccines at no cost.

Your provider may charge an administration fee for giving the vaccine, but you can ask them to waive the fee if you can’t afford it.

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If you need help finding a clinic or pharmacy, please call our Help Me Grow Washington Hotline at 1-800-322-2588 or visit