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, librarians, and retirees covered by a PEBB health plan and for students covered by a GAIP or SHIP plan. No appointment is necessary. Bring your health insurance card, photo ID, and completed Claim form (otherwise you may pay $30 by cash or check and seek reimbursement from your health plan). Also, remember to wear short sleeves or layered clothing on vaccination day.
UW Medical Center and Harborview employees should follow directions provided by the hospitals regarding immunizations.
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.
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.