UPDATED: Protect Yourself and Our Community – Time for a Flu Shot!

*UPDATED 10/19/20 to add flu shot clinic information in seven languages (see attached) and details on new drive-through clinic dates in October.*

School is back in session and flu season is approaching. Now is the time to get a flu shot! Flu shots are safe and effective in preventing and reducing the effects of flu, and COVID-19 makes flu vaccination more important than ever. Get a flu shot to protect yourself, your loved ones, and our school community.

There are many places to get flu shots; choose what’s convenient for your family. Here are some options:

1. Drive-through/walk-up clinics at Seattle schools, New Dates Added Through October 30th.

SPS and Seattle Visiting Nurse Association are partnering to offer flu shots to anyone four or older at these convenient clinics. Register online; you can choose one time slot for your whole family. This is not available at Garfield but is nearby at Washington Middle School and Bailey Gatzert Elementary School, as well as at many other schools throughout Seattle. Full details with dates, times, and locations are available here. SVNA accepts Apple Health, Medicare, and most private insurance plans as well as credit cards. Children and adults without access to health insurance are welcome and encouraged to get a flu shot.

2. The Garfield Teen Health Center

This ‘clinic at school’ is for students and all services are free. Appointments are temporarily scheduled at Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic during our building closure. Email garfieldteenhealthcenter@seattlechildrens.org or call 206-987-0290 to schedule. Students who live in other areas of Seattle may register at a school-based health center closer to their home. Email Nurse Rebecca for more information. Teen health centers are a great option for getting your student fully caught up on all needed immunizations!

3. Your neighborhood pharmacy.

This can be a good option for some families, especially if evening or weekend hours are needed. Students under 18 will need their responsible adult to sign permission. Call or stop by your local pharmacy for details. Pharmacies charge a fee or bill insurance.

4. Your primary care provider.

Some require an appointment; some allow walk-ins. Call or look online for details.

Thank you for helping to keep our community healthy!

Nurse Rebecca



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