The Minnesota Department of Health says influenza levels in the state are no longer at epidemic levels. Following this news, our physicians have lifted visitor restrictions at all hospitals in the Fairview system. We want to thank everyone for their cooperation.
What are my vaccination options?
We offer three types of seasonal flu vaccine:
- Shot – an injection directly into the body. We're offering the new quadrivalent vaccine for patients 6 months and up.
- Nasal spray – a spray into the nose for anyone ages 2-49
- High dose shot – a stronger strain of the flu shot for persons over 65
Where can I get the flu vaccine at Fairview?
- Request an appointment with a nurse at any Fairview Clinic location
- Fairview Express Care – Walk-in to any of these locations during normal business hours for a vaccination
- Walk-in flu shots at Fairview pharmacies
Who should get vaccinated?
Anyone six months or older should get vaccinated. The following groups are considered at risk for the flu and will be given priority access to flu shots and antiviral medication:
- Children under the age of 2
- People over 65 and their caregivers
- People with cardiovascular disease
- People with liver or renal disease
- People with muscular dystrophy
- People with seizure disorders and stroke
- Women who are pregnant or within two weeks post partum (after childbirth)
- People who are developmentally delayed
- Residents of nursing homes or other chronic care facilities
Is there anyone who should not get the shot?
- People who have had Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) within 6 weeks of getting a flu vaccine
- People who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs
How do I reduce my risk of getting the flu?
There are things you can do to protect yourself and your family from the flu:
- Get your seasonal flu vaccination each year
- Wash your hands with soap and warm water or use hand sanitizer
- Get plenty of sleep, maintain a healthy diet and exercise often to keep your body's natural defenses strong
Generally, if you think you have the flu you should stay home and avoid contact with other people as much as possible to keep from spreading your illness to others. However, patients in high-risk groups, such as older adults, young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), should call their clinic or make an appointment if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms.
Think you already have the flu? Get a Zipnosis online diagnosis.
Zipnosis is an online diagnosis and treatment option for specific health conditions including the flu. Simply go to fairview.org/zipnosis and use our diagnostic tool to answer questions about your symptoms. A Fairview clinician will review your results and respond with your diagnosis, treatment options—and prescription, if you need one—in less than an hour. All for just $25. Best of all, you can use Zipnosis anytime day or night, and our team will respond from 7 a.m.-11 p.m., seven days a week.
For more information about the flu, visit Minnesota Department of Health.