About the Flu

Flu Vaccination for Seattle Children's Patients and Families

Smiling girl wearing a mask while sitting in a medical exam roomFlu vaccines are available to Seattle Children’s patients starting on October 4, 2021 for the 2021-2022 flu season. Flu vouchers will be available to family members and household contacts between October 4, 2021 and March 31, 2022.

Who can get a flu vaccine at Seattle Children’s locations?  

Patients at a Seattle Children’s location or Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic for a clinic appointment, visit to Urgent Care or the Emergency Department, or who are staying overnight in the hospital.

Where can family members get the vaccine?

To help keep patients and families safe, we are continuing to limit visitors to Seattle Children’s. This means vouchers are not available in the Flu Room this year.

Family members and household contacts ages 3 and older can get a flu vaccine voucher to use at Rite Aid or Bartell Drugs (now owned by Rite Aid).

(Please note: Although Rite Aid and Bartell Drugs prefer to have a paper copy of the voucher, they will accept the voucher if available on your mobile device.)

Family members 6 months to 35 months old will need to get a flu vaccine at their primary care provider’s office. Visit Help Me Grow Washington or call 1-800-322-2588 if you need help finding a primary care provider.

How much does the flu vaccine cost?

  • Patients: The total cost will vary depending on the vaccine. Most insurance plans cover the cost completely, so there is usually no out-of-pocket cost to you. If your insurance does not cover any portion of the flu vaccine cost, or you do not have insurance, you may apply for financial assistance by calling 206-987-3333.
  • Family members who have a voucher: Show your voucher at Rite Aid or Bartell Drugs. They will bill your insurance. If your insurance does not cover all of the cost or you do not have insurance, Rite Aid or Bartell Drugs will bill Seattle Children’s directly and there is no charge to you.

How can I access my voucher?

To access the voucher, follow these steps:

  • Click here to open the voucher (PDF). (ArabicSimplified ChineseSomaliSpanishVietnamese)
  • Show the voucher at Rite Aid or Bartell Drugs. You can either print the voucher or show Rite Aid or Bartell Drugs an image of the voucher on your phone.

Why does the voucher only say Rite Aid? Can it be used at Bartell Drugs?

Bartell Drugs is now owned by Rite Aid. The voucher will work at any Rite Aid or Bartell Drugs.

Why does the voucher say, “Flu & Tdap Vaccinations”?

When redeeming the voucher, Rite Aid or Bartell Drugs may also screen for and offer a Tdap vaccine to family members ages 21 and over. Family members who choose to receive Tdap at Rite Aid or Bartell Drugs using the voucher will not pay out-of-pocket costs for the vaccine, just like with the flu vaccine.

Is the nasal spray vaccine available to patients?

Seattle Children’s has a limited supply of the nasal spray vaccine. It is available only to patients who can’t have the shot. Talk to your child’s nurse or provider about vaccine options.

How can I learn more about protecting my child from the flu?

Learn more by reading Protect Your Child From the Flu (PDF). (Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese)

Information updated September 17, 2021