Seasonal flu information


Avoid the flu this year - get a vaccine
The flu is a nasty bug. Not only can it make you feel miserable for several days, it also can be fatal. The best way to protect yourself—and your family—is a yearly vaccination. Fairview offers vaccinations at Fairview Clinics, Fairview Express Care and select Fairview Pharmacies.

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?
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
Visit the Minnesota Department of Health's website to learn more about their immunization recommendations.

Is there anyone who should not get the shot?
Yes, including:
  • 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

What should I do if I think that I have the flu?
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 an OnCare online diagnosis. 
OnCare is an online diagnosis and treatment option for specific health conditions including the flu. Simply go to 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 OnCare anytime day or night, and our team will respond in an hour, seven days a week.

For more information about the flu, visit Minnesota Department of Health.
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