Stay Flu Free
Updated January 28, 2020: We are in thick of the 2019/2020 influenza (flu) season, and the most effective prevention method is still the flu shot -- it's not too late to get one. If you think you have the flu, call your primary care provider or the 24/7 virtual clinic before coming into a clinic. See flu symptoms below.
2019 Novel Coronavirus: If you have fever or respiratory symptoms such as cough or shortness of breath, please call your provider or use eCare before making an appointment or visiting a clinic. For more information on the coronavirus, read our Frequently Asked Questions.
Get your flu shot today
Schedule a Flu Shot visit in eCare. Registered eCare users from UW Neighborhood Clinics, NWH Primary Care and the General Internal Medicine Center at UWMC-Roosevelt can schedule directly via eCare. Locations will vary by vaccine availability.
Walk-in Flu Vaccine Clinics
If you think you have the flu, check with a healthcare provider right away. At UW Medicine, you can:
- Get care anytime, anywhere by using the UW Medicine Virtual Clinic. You do not have to be a UW Medicine patient to use this service.
- Call your doctor's office directly to talk with a healthcare provider.
- Walk-in or "get in line" online at one of our five urgent care clinics.
- Fever over 100.4 F (38 C)
- Aching muscles
- Chills and sweats
- Dry, persistent cough
- Fatigue and weakness
- Nasal congestion
- Sore throat
Important: not everyone with flue with have a fever. For more information about symptoms and how to stay flu free this winter, visit the CDC website.
Why to get vaccinated for the flu
Increase of influenza B seen with this year's outbreak
Learn more about the flu vaccine
The Center for Disease and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone 6 months of age and older for annual vaccination, with rare exception.
Vaccination is particularly important for people who are at high risk of developing serious flu complications.
Children 6 months through 8 years of age may need 2 doses during a single flu season. Everyone else needs only 1 dose each flu season.
It’s a good idea to get vaccinated in late fall. In the U.S., the flu season peaks between late November and March, and it takes your body up to two weeks to form the antibodies that protect you.
The CDC also recommends that children 6 months through 8 years of age who need two doses of the flu vaccine should receive their first dose as soon as the vaccine becomes available. This will allow the second dose (which must be administered at least 4 weeks later) to be received by the end of October.
The CDC recommends any licensed flu vaccine that is appropriate for the recipient’s age and health status (IIV, RIV4, or LAIV4). It does not express a preference for any one vaccine over another. Talk with your healthcare provider about which vaccination is the best option for you.
The nasal spray flu vaccine (live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) or FluMist) is recommended for people who are healthy and between the ages of ages 2 to 49. Pregnant women and children under the age of 2 should not get the nasal vaccine. The CDC also lists precautions for people with certain underlying medical conditions.