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

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it more important than ever for residents to do everything they can to remain as healthy as possible. When 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, it is especially important 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 having stricter visitation guidelines.

Getting a Flu Shot at our Lakewood Clinic

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


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 the 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 [external site] for a complete schedule of recommendations including those for adolescents and older adults.


  • Why Flu Vaccination Matters: Personal Stories from Families Affected by Flu Video [YouTube].
  • 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 vaccines, please call 303-239-7078.