Influenza (Flu)

The best way to prevent seasonal influenza, or the "flu," is to get a flu vaccination each fall. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness and, at times, can lead to death. In an effort to better protect the public, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends all children 6 months of age and older receive an annual influenza vaccine.

Flu & COVID-19

This year has been a challenging time for the Jefferson County community, and the COVID-19 pandemic has made it more important than ever for residents to do everything they can to remain as healthy as possible. As we enter flu season, JCPH encourages people to get their flu vaccine, as it is one more way to protect you and your family and give you some peace of mind.

While it’s important to get your flu shot every season, 2020 is an especially important year to get vaccinated to protect from the compounding health problems of flu and COVID-19. Having the flu and COVID-19 at the same time could make you more susceptible to serious complications, and while no one ever wants to be hospitalized, hospitalization during the novel coronavirus pandemic means facilities may be strained for resources and equipment, as well as have stricter visitation guidelines.

To help meet the need within our community for increased vaccination, JCPH is hosting vaccination clinics throughout the remainder of the year. Click here to download a schedule of upcoming clinics

Getting a Flu Shot at our Lakewood Clinic

Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) provides flu shots by appointment only at our Lakewood clinic. Please call 303-239-7078 for an appointment or more information.

Fees

There is an administrative fee of $21.68 per vaccine. Vaccine fees for adults and children vary depending on the vaccine requested and insurance coverage. Service will not be denied due to inability to pay for any childhood vaccine, and fees may be waived. We can bill for Medicaid, Medicare, CHP+ and a number of private insurances. Please check when registering.

Recommended Vaccines

Immunizations protect individuals and the community from vaccine-preventable diseases. Please view the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment website for a complete schedule of recommendations including those for adolescents and older adults.

Resources

  • Why Flu Vaccination Matters: Personal Stories from Families Affected by Flu Video
  • For more information on influenza (human, avian or pandemic) or other public health issues, call the Colorado Help Line for the Public: 877-462-2911.
  • To speak with a nurse regarding immunizations or flu vaccine, please call 303-239-7078.