It’s time for your annual flu shot

Flu shots will be offered to all City employees once again at sites throughout the City beginning Friday, Sept. 8. Getting your annual flu vaccine is your best bet for avoiding influenza and passing it on to co-workers, friends and family.

There is no cost to City employees or retirees with coverage under the City’s health plan.

You must present your City medical insurance card from Medica (or a photocopy of the front of the card) and a picture ID, such as a driver’s license or employee ID badge. You should wear clothing that allows easy access to your upper arm.

Employees’ family members can also receive free flu shots if they are covered by the City’s health plan. Children between 6 months and 2 years must be seen by their primary providers.

The cost of the flu shot without an insurance card is $38.

Why get vaccinated

Influenza (flu) is a contagious disease that can cause mild to severe illness with symptoms such as fever, body aches, extreme tiredness and a dry cough. Sometimes flu complications can be fatal, particularly among people who have an underlying health condition. 

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get the flu vaccine. Pregnant women, young children, older people and people with certain chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease are at increased risks of flu-related complications, so an annual flu vaccine is especially important for them.

You need to get a flu shot every year to protect yourself against the viruses most likely to circulate each season as the flu viruses are constantly changing. A person’s immune protection also declines over time so that’s why an annual vaccine is needed for optimal protection.

Who should not get vaccinated

People who have severe allergies to the flu vaccine or a history of Guillain-Barre syndrome or who are not feeling well should not get vaccinated.

The flu shot clinics are provided by Medica and the Minnesota Visiting Nurses Agency/Hennepin County Medical Center.

More information

For more information, contact the Health Department at 612-673-2301 or visit the Health Department’s website.

Schedule for worksite vaccination clinics

Locations

Dates

Times

Minneapolis 311
Third Precinct, 3000 Minnehaha Ave.

Friday, Sept. 8

8 a.m.-11 a.m.

Fire Station 6, 121 E. 15th St.

Tuesday, Sept. 12

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
2117 W. River Road N., second floor board room

Tuesday, Sept. 12

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Police Special Operations Center
4119 Dupont Ave. N.

Tuesday, Sept. 12

8 p.m.-10 p.m.

Public Works-Water East Yard
935 Fifth Ave. SE, conference room

Wednesday, Sept. 13

7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.

Fire Station 6, 121 E. 15th St.

Wednesday, Sept. 13

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

CPED Crown Roller Mill Building
105 Fifth Ave. S., Suite 200

Thursday, Sept. 14

8 a.m.-10 a.m.

Fire Station 6, 121 E. 15th St.

Thursday, Sept. 14

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Public Works-Solid Waste & Recycling
2710 Pacific St.

Wednesday, Sept. 20

6 a.m.-8:30 a.m.

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Lyndale Farmstead Recreation Center 3900 Bryant Ave. S.

Thursday, Sept. 21

2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Police Special Operations Center
4119 Dupont Ave. N.

Thursday, Sept. 21

2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Public Works Traffic & Parking Services
300 Border Ave.

Monday, Sept. 25

7 a.m.-8:30 a.m.

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
2117 W. River Road N., second floor board room

Tuesday, Sept. 26

2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

City Hall
350 S. Fifth St., Room 132

Friday, Sept. 29

 

6:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Police Special Operations Center
4119 Dupont Ave. N.

Tuesday, Oct. 3

2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Public Works-Fleet Services
1200 Currie Ave. N., training room

Wednesday, Oct. 4

1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 Second Ave. S., Room 210

Tuesday, Oct. 10

10 a.m.-noon

Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 Second Ave. S., Room 210

Tuesday, Oct. 10

4 p.m.-6 p.m.

Public Works-Hiawatha Facility
1901 E. 26th St.

Wednesday, Oct. 11

6:30 a.m.-9 a.m.

Police Special Operations Center
4119 Dupont Ave. N.

Thursday, Oct. 12

10 a.m.-noon

 

Published Sep 5, 2017

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