Flu shot clinics are still available — free for most employees
Worksite vaccinations make it convenient for employees to get their flu shots. No reservations are required; all vaccinations are on a first-come, first-served basis.
The events, which are offered through Medica and the Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency, are open to all employees and their family members.
Free to employees on City’s health insurance plan
Employees on the City’s health insurance plan get free flu shots at the worksite vaccination events. Just attend an event listed below and show your City health insurance card from Medica (or a photocopy of the card) and a picture ID such as your driver’s license or employee ID badge.
Family members who are at least 3 years old may get flu shots at the worksite vaccination events if they are covered under the employee’s City health insurance or other accepted insurance.
Costs for employees, family members not on City’s health insurance plan
Employees not on the City’s health insurance plan may bring proof of coverage under other insurance plans accepted by the Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency to pay for the flu shot; call the agency at 612-617-4795 to find out what plans are covered. The agency will bill employees for any denied insurance claims or for any deductibles or copays their non-City plans require.
For an employee without an insurance card, the fee for the worksite flu shot is $36. Make checks payable to Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency.
Why get vaccinated
Getting vaccinated is the best way to avoid the flu’s fever, aches, fatigue and dangerous complications that can cause pneumonia or land you in the hospital. Since flu viruses are always changing, each year’s flu vaccine is made to protect from the viruses that are most likely to cause disease that year.
Upcoming worksite vaccination clinics
Minneapolis Convention Center
Wednesday, Oct. 5
Water East Yard
Wednesday, Oct. 12
Police Special Operations Center
Thursday, Oct. 13
Thursday, Oct. 13
Skyway Senior Center
Tuesday, Oct. 18
Who should get vaccinated this season?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone in the United States 6 months and older get a flu vaccine shot this season (children 6 months old to 2 years old should be vaccinated through their primary providers). The flu mist is not available this season. Learn more.
What to bring for your vaccination
- Proof of insurance: your Medica health insurance card, a photocopy of your Medica health insurance card or proof of coverage under another health insurance plan accepted by the Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency.
- A photo ID (driver’s license or employee ID badge).
What to wear to the vaccination clinic
Wear clothing that allows access to your upper arm.
The Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency will not give seasonal flu shots to people who have:
- A severe allergy to eggs, gelatin, antibiotics or other vaccine components.
- A history of a serious allergic reaction or other problem after getting an influenza vaccination.
- A fever or active infection at the time of the vaccination.
- A history of Guillain-Barre syndrome.
For more information about influenza and the vaccination
- Visit the flu section on the Health Department’s website.
- Call the Health Department at 612-673-2301.
- Read about the flu shot.
Published Oct 5, 2016