Flu shots

There will be three walk-in flu shot clinics on December 4, 2017 for all Hennepin County employees, and spouses and retirees with Hennepin County health insurance. 

Times and locations

  • 9–11 a.m., Government Center, Downtown Minneapolis, A level room A0723
  • 11 a.m.–1 p.m., Northwest Family Services Center, Brooklyn Center, Community Room 200
  • 1–3 p.m., Health Services Building, Downtown Minneapolis, Lower Level Room 14/15

There is no cost to receive a flu shot for employees, retirees and spouses with Hennepin County health insurance. Employees with other insurance coverage are welcome to participate but should check with their insurance about coverage.

Reminders

  • Print and complete both sides of the MVNA consent form
  • Wear clothing that provides easy access to upper arm
  • Bring your insurance card 

Participants will receive 10 wellness points towards the 2019 copay reduction. Only flu shots given at an onsite event qualify for wellness points.

Health screenings and flu shots were offered at a number of Hennepin County locations from August 28 – September 28, 2017. More health screening and flu shot events will be offered in August and September of 2018.

Time off for Human Resources and HealthWorks sponsored activities.

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Flu shot FAQ's

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.

PreferredOne website

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.

Influenza Information

What is the flu?

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness.

People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (very tired)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever. (CDC)

How does the flu spread?

Flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. A person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it then touching their own mouth, eyes or possibly their nose. People may infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick.

How can I reduce the risk of contracting the flu?

  • Get vaccinated.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, keep your distance from others.
  • Wash your hands often or use an alcohol hand rub if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Practice other good health habits. Get enough sleep, eat nutritious foods, stay hydrated, be physically active and manage your stress.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as light switches, door knobs, faucet handles, remote controls, refrigerator door handles, etc.
  • Stay home when you are sick, avoid going to work, school and running errands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.

For more information visit: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/.

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