Free drive-thru back-to-school vaccine and flu clinics coming to Kent, Oct. 7 and 17

Crossposted from Public Health–Seattle & King County

Summary:
King County school-aged children can get the vaccinations required for returning to in-person learning – and all community members ages 4 and older can get a flu shot – at upcoming free vaccination and flu clinics Oct. 7 from noon to 5 p.m., and Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kent ShoWare Center.

Story:

Easy and convenient vaccinations required for King County school-aged children to return to in-person learning, as well as flu shots for everyone ages 4 and older, are available at free drive-thru clinic events in Kent, Oct. 7 and 17.

Hosted by the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association with support from the Kent School District, and Public Health – Seattle & King County, the clinics will provide all vaccines that King County children ages 4-18 are required to have for K-12 school entry – including Tdap, DTaP, MMR, hepatitis B, varicella, and polio. The clinics will also provide free flu shots to anyone age 4 and over.

The drive-thru clinics are open Wednesday, Oct. 7 from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the ShoWare Center, 625 W James St., Kent.

No registration is required for childhood vaccines. Please be prepared for a possible wait during high traffic periods. If coming for flu vaccine only, please register in advance at schedule.seattlevna.com.

Childhood vaccines are available to all children at no cost, and no health insurance required. Individuals coming for the flu vaccine should only provide their health insurance information at registration. Those without health insurance or whose insurance plans don’t cover flu vaccine can still be vaccinated at no cost.

Clinic patrons are asked to wear short sleeves and everyone age 2 and older should wear a mask. If getting childhood vaccines, please bring any vaccination records available.

A flu shot can prevent illness and a trip to the doctor’s office or even the hospital, saving important medical supplies and capacity for COVID-19 patients. Getting a flu vaccination is especially important for people in high-risk groups, such as young children and people who are pregnant, adults age 65 and older, or people who have certain health conditions like asthma, heart disease and diabetes. It’s also important for essential workers and healthcare workers to get vaccinated because they are around more people.

Staying up-to-date with vaccinations is essential to preventing illness, and children will need to meet all vaccination requirements when in-person learning resumes.


Information about this and other immunization and vaccination opportunities is available here. The website includes an FAQ and information in Chinese, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Additional resources

Providing effective and innovative health and disease prevention services for more than two million residents and visitors of King County, Public Health – Seattle & King County works for safer and healthier communities for everyone, every day. More at www.kingcounty.gov/health

Keep up with the latest Public Health news in King County by subscribing to the department’s blog, Public Health Insider.

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