Can I get the flu vaccine at Seattle Children’s?

Patients staying in the hospital will get the flu vaccine during their stay if they are eligible. Ask your nurse if you have questions.

Patients with a clinic appointment may be able to get their vaccine during their clinic visit. Ask your Seattle Children’s provider. There may be a cost

Patients unable to get a flu vaccination in the clinic and family members who live with patients can go to the Family Flu Vaccine Room at the main hospital campus in Seattle. There may be a cost.

You can also talk with your family’s primary care provider about how to get the flu vaccine.

Do you have the nasal mist form of the flu vaccine?

We do not have the nasal mist (FluMist) vaccine this year, only shots. This is based on a recommendation from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) because the spray has not been effective against influenza during the last two flu seasons. A shot will provide the best protection against the flu.

How can I prepare my child for a shot?

We partner with you and your child to prevent and relieve pain, including needle pain, as completely as possible. See Reducing the Pain and Anxiety of Needles (PDF) (Spanish) for more information about how to support your child and prepare yourself. You can also ask your child’s doctor about using numbing cream. See Numbing Cream for Painful Procedures (PDF) (Spanish) for more information.

What if I am allergic to vaccine ingredients?

We carry options for people over 18 years old who have allergies to common vaccine ingredients. Talk with your provider about which vaccine is best for you and your child.

The CDC now recommends that people with mild to severe egg allergies can receive any licensed flu vaccine. As a precaution, the vaccine should be given in a medical setting. Each dose of flu vaccine contains only a tiny amount of egg protein (1 millionth of a gram or less), so severe vaccine reactions are very rare. If you or your child are over 18 and remain worried about the risk from egg exposure, we have an egg-free vaccine called RIV3 (FluBlok).

Family Flu Vaccine Room

The Family Flu Vaccine Room at Seattle Children’s main campus opens October 3 for the 2016–17 flu season. Patients and family members who live with patients may come to the Family Flu Vaccine Room any time during open hours for a vaccine. You do not need an appointment.

Hours

  • Monday to Friday, Oct. 3–7: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Monday to Friday, Oct. 10–23: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Monday to Friday, Oct. 24–Dec. 30: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturdays November 5, 12 and 19: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Closed November 24 and 25 and December 26

Location

  • Seattle Children’s main hospital campus, Level 6, Ocean zone
  • Park in Ocean Parking and go to an entrance desk. They will direct you to the Family Flu Vaccine Room.
  • Check in at Family Flu Vaccine Room registration. You may need to wait in line for your vaccine.

How much does it cost to get the flu vaccine at Seattle Children’s?

  • Anyone younger than 21 is considered a patient and will be billed for a flu vaccine. The cost is $40 and the amount you owe depends on your insurance coverage. Financial assistance is available. Apply online or print an application form (PDF).
  • Flu vaccines are free for adults 21 years and older who live with a patient. We provide this to promote a healthy living environment for our patients.

Information updated September 27, 2016