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Flu shot clinics

Why promote flu shot clinics?

Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness and can lead to pneumonia and heart problems. Getting a flu vaccine every year can help prevent the spread of influenza at work, among family members, and in the community, protecting those at high risk, like babies, people with chronic illnesses, and the elderly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an annual flu vaccination is the single best way to prevent seasonal flu.

Employees are more likely to get a flu shot at the worksite than on their own, especially when the flu shot vendor submits health insurance forms for them.

How can I help?

Focus on key preventive messages to your staff such as washing hands, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when sick or caring for sick family members.

If you can offer flu shot clinics at your worksite, follow the steps below. Most vendors will help you plan the event.

  1. Find a vendor.
  2. Contact the vendor four to six weeks before the date of the event.
  3. See Knock Out Flu at Work (Department of Health) to find and use promotional material, messages, and more.

More tips

  • Try finding a vendor who can bill Uniform Medical Plan (UMP) or Kaiser Permanente NW directly.
  • If you are part of a smaller workplace (fewer than 50 people) or are geographically distant from major cities, you may need to choose a local vendor that will bill the plans. Some drugstores and grocery stores with pharmacies may provide these services.
  • If you cannot offer a flu shot clinic at your worksite, encourage employees to get a flu shot on their own. Remind them that their health plan benefits typically offer flu shots at no extra cost.

Need more help?

Start by asking the vendor you chose. If you need more help, contact us at wawellness@hca.wa.gov.


Email: wawellness@hca.wa.gov
Phone: 360-725-1700