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Flu Season Resources

The flu can quickly put your life on hold. It can cause mild to severe illness, and can spread like wildfire. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.

Flu Shot Clinics

Every fall, UW Benefits offers a series of free flu shot clinics in a variety of campus locations for faculty, staff, and retirees covered by a PEBB health plan and for students covered by a GAIP or an ISHIP plan.

Covered dependents between ages 11-17 may attend a flu shot clinic provided they are with their parent or guardian, who must also sign the Claim/Consent form.  Dependents age 10 and under should see their health care provider.

Day-of-Event Guidelines:

  • No appointment is necessary — just drop by one of the clinics listed below.
  • Be sure to bring your health insurance card and photo ID.
  • Download and complete this Claim form, otherwise you may pay $25 by cash or check and seek reimbursement from your health plan.
  • Wear short sleeves or layered clothing so your shot can be easily administered.
  • Be sure to ask the attendant for a receipt if you need one.

2016 Flu Shot Clinic Schedule:

View chronological schedule here

...or choose a specific location from the tabs below:

When:
October 25, 2016 - Tuesday
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where:
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)
2301 Fifth Avenue, Suite 600
Seattle, WA 98121
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Note:
IHME is located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Bell Street in the Belltown area, north of downtown.
When:
October 13, 2016 - Thursday
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where:
UW1 Building, Room 103
18115 Campus Way NE
Bothell, WA 98011-8246
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When:
October 25, 2016 - Tuesday
8:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Where:
1616 Eastlake Avenue E, Suite 320
Seattle, WA 98102
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When:
Clinic #1
October 18, 2016 - Tuesday
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Health Sciences Lobby
Clinic #2
November 16, 2016 - Wednesday
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Health Sciences Lobby
Where:
Health Sciences Building
1959 N.E. Pacific St.
Seattle, WA 98195
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When:
October 14, 2016 - Friday
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Where:
Building # 29
Lower Level Conference Room
6200 NE 74th St.
Seattle, WA 98115
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When:
September 27, 2016 - Tuesday
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Where:
Architecture Hall, Room 147
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When:
October 20, 2016 - Thursday
10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Where:
Foster School of Business, Anthony's Executive Forum
Dempsey Hall, Room 302
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When:
October 14, 2016 - Friday
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Where:
Plant Services Building
4515 - 25th Avenue NE
Facility Services Training Center
Innovation Room #1
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When:
September 26, 2016 - Monday
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Where:
Guggenheim Hall, Room 220
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When:
Clinic #1
October 5, 2016 - Wednesday
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
HUB, Room 250
Clinic #2
November 3, 2016 - Thursday
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
HUB, Room 250
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Note:
Visit the November 3 flu clinic and take advantage of the UW Benefits Fair!
When:
Clinic #1: October 10, 2016 - Monday
Clinic #2: October 11, 2016 - Tuesday
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on both days
Where:
UW Tower, Building C, 4th Floor Cafeteria
4333 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98195
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Note:
More information about pedestrian access to the UW Tower during construction.
When:
October 19, 2016 - Friday
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Where:
Room C-123-A & B
850 Republican Street
Seattle, WA 98109-4725
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When:
October 12, 2016 - Wednesday
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Where:
William Philip Hall
Columbia Bank Lobby & Kopp Gallery, 1st floor
1918 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402
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UW Medical Center and Harborview employees and volunteers are required to complete and document their flu shots. Follow directions provided by the hospitals regarding immunization requirements and documentation.

UW Health Sciences students are required to complete and document their flu shots. Schools or programs will require students to submit documentation of vaccination (or meet the waiver requirements) to Health Sciences Immunization Program (HSIP) each year, if required by their practicum, clinical, or community placement sites, or if vaccination is part of that school or program’s general immunization policy. Learn more at Health Sciences Immunization Program.

Other UW Students: check your health plan to see whether you're covered, and if so, whether special conditions apply.

UW offers convenient on-campus access to the flu vaccine at Hall Health — no appointment needed! It is advised to call ahead to 206-685-1018 to check availability of the vaccine.

Most local pharmacies and several grocery store chains also offer the seasonal influenza vaccine. While most providers will bill your plan directly, be sure to ask about the billing method before getting vaccinated. To see a list of locations, go to Flu Vaccine Finder. PEBB health plan participants are covered for seasonal flu vaccines.

For those who don't have insurance and can't afford to pay for the vaccine, please contact the Community Health Access Program at 206-284-0331 or 800-756-5437 for assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions for 2016 Flu Season

Q. What are Trivalent and Quadrivalent vaccines?

Vaccines that give protection against three viruses are called trivalent vaccines. Vaccines that give protection against four viruses are called quadrivalent vaccines.

Q. Will you be offering the Trivalent or Quadrivalent vaccine?

We are offering the Trivalent which should cover all strains of flu for this year.
We are not able to offer the injectable Quadrivalent vaccine this season because:

  • There is a limited supply this year
  • The cost of Quadrivalent vaccine is significantly higher than Trivalent
  • The Quadrivalent vaccine is not covered under our contracts with the insurance providers

While approving it as a valid option, the Center for Disease Control has chosen NOT to recommend Quadrivalent flu vaccine over the Trivalent.

Q. Are flu vaccinations preservative free? Do they contain the mercury-based preservative, thimerosal?

A. The vaccines used at UW Benefits-sponsored flu shot clinics are preservative free. They contain no thimerosal or mercury.

Q. Where can I get proof of my flu shot vaccination?

A. If you are a medical centers employee or otherwise require a proof of vaccination, you should always request a receipt at the time of service. If you lost or forgot your receipt, you may call the vendor directly and request that a copy be sent to you. Be sure to provide your full name as well as the date and place where you received your campus flu shot. Contact Getaflushot.com at 877-FLU-SHOT (358-7468).

Q. Where can Harborview employees get a flu shot?

A. Harborview offers its own flu clinic for UW employees. Please contact HMC Employee Health Service at 206-744-3081 for more information.

Q. Where can I get a flu shot if the clinics listed on the schedule are not close to my work OR if the clinic dates have already passed?

A. Most local pharmacies and several grocery store chains offer the seasonal influenza vaccine. While most providers will bill your plan directly, be sure to ask about the billing method before getting vaccinated. To see a list of flu shot clinic locations, go to Flu Vaccine Finder.

Employee Guide for Working During Flu Season

In many instances, sharing is a good thing. Not so with the flu. Use UW Human Resource's Guide for Employees During Flu Season to help you determine when you should stay home, answer frequently asked questions, obtain tips for staying healthy, and understand the University's related policies.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Resources

What you should know for the Influenza Season

CDC Vaccine Information Sheet