Who is eligible to participate?
Employees, spouses and retirees with PreferredOne insurance can receive a flu shot at no cost. Employees, spouses and retirees who do not have PreferredOne insurance can receive a flu shot at the events and have their insurance billed; however, a copay or deductible may be due.
How much time will the flu shot take?
Flu shots take about 5 minutes, not including time to fill out forms and wait in lines.
Can I make an appointment for the flu vaccine?
Flu shots are given on a walk-in basis. You do not need to make an appointment.
What forms of flu vaccine will be available?
The quadrivalent flu shot will be available. The quadrivalent flu shot protects against four flu strains: two A strains and two B strains.
Do I need to bring a form or waiver?
Yes, complete and bring the MVNA consent form with you to the event. Also bring your PreferredOne member ID card.
Does getting a flu vaccine count towards the health incentive?
Participants who receive a flu shot at one of the onsite events will earn 10 wellness points towards the health incentive. Please allow ten business days for your points to be reflected on your RedBrick account.
What if I miss the flu shots?
Flu shots will be available at the Be Well Clinic. Call 612-873-7373 to schedule an appointment. PreferredOne members may get flu shots at their provider clinic, convenience care clinic and pharmacies. Contact your provider or pharmacy to confirm flu shots are available.
Flu shots administered outside HealthWorks scheduled events are not eligible for wellness points.
How can my doctor see that I've received a flu shot?
MVNA submits immunization data to the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC). MIIC is a statewide immunization information system that stores electronic immunization records for Minnesota health service providers and for the public. If your primary provider is enrolled in MIIC, he or she can view your immunization record, which would include the flu shot you received onsite and had billed through your insurance.
Isn't sharing immunization data without consent in violation of HIPAA regulations?
No, HIPAA's privacy regulation makes a very clear exemption for disclosing protected health information without consent for public health purposes. Since MIIC is a public health service operated by public health authorities, disclosing immunization data to MIIC is exempt from HIPAA regulations.
How are immunization records protected?
MIIC is password-protected and accessible only by authorized users as specified in law. The data in MIIC are classified as private and protected by the Minnesota Immunization Data Sharing Law. Organizations participating in MIIC must sign a user agreement that outlines the privacy and security terms for authorized users.