2020 flu vaccines are now available at M Health Fairview clinics and pharmacies

You can drive up, walk in, or make an appointment to receive a flu vaccine at M Health Fairview locations across Minneapolis, St. Paul and the Twin Cities metro.

This year’s flu season will be unlike any other.

The COVID-19 pandemic and influenza pose a looming double threat to people across Minnesota this year. For this reason, it’s more important than ever for you and your loved ones to get vaccinated. Fortunately, flu vaccines are now available at M Health Fairview clinics, pharmacies, and drive-up sites across the Twin Cities metro area.

Appointments are required for our drive-up and clinic locations. To schedule a drive-up visit or clinic appointment, please call 1-855-324-7843. Walk-ins are welcome at M Health Fairview retail pharmacies. Find a clinic or pharmacy location near you.

To answer your flu vaccine questions, we’ve put together this helpful guide. Scroll down for more information about vaccine availability, locations, drive-up care, and our COVID-19 precautions.

Is it too early to get a flu shot?

September and October are great times to get the flu shot, so that your family will be protected when flu season starts. Flu season typically runs from October to March each year, and your body needs time to build antibodies to the flu virus after you have received your flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages everyone to get vaccinated before the end of October for the best protection, however the flu shot will continue to be offered throughout the flu season.

Who should get a flu shot?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccination for people 6 months and older. It’s especially important for those at high risk for developing flu-related complications – including pregnant women, children under 5, adults 65 and older, and people with certain medical conditions.

Where can I get a flu shot? 

Anyone six months of age or older can get a flu vaccine at most M Health Fairview clinics, including our five drive-up sites. People six years of age and older can get a flu vaccine at most M Health Fairview pharmacy locations. Find a clinic or pharmacy location near you.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a few of our clinics and pharmacies are still offering virtual care only and are not currently accepting walk-ins or in-person appointments. Click here to review a list of clinics and pharmacies that remain temporarily closed during the pandemic.

Flu shots are not widely available at our urgent care locations, though a limited number of vaccines may be distributed to urgent care patients that are being seen for other health concerns.

Is a drive-up option available?

Yes. Flu vaccines are available at our five curbside care sites during the following days and times:

  • 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays

Please call 1-855-324-7843 to make a drive-up care appointment.

Is FluMist available this year?

Yes, FluMist vaccines will be available at M Health Fairview clinics beginning in late September. The CDC has approved FluMist as a vaccine option for anyone ages 2 through 49 who is not pregnant. Patients should verify that their clinic has FluMist supply when they make an appointment. Please note: FluMist vaccines are not available at M Physicians clinics.

Do I need an appointment? 

Appointments are required for our drive-up and clinic locations. Appointments are not available at M Health Fairview retail pharmacies, but walk-ins are welcome. Find a clinic or pharmacy location near you.

How can I make an appointment?

Call 1-855-324-7843 to schedule an appointment at a clinic or drive-up site to receive your flu vaccination.

How much does it cost? 

Most health insurance plans cover the cost of the flu vaccine. If you don’t have insurance, the flu vaccine will cost $40 to $100 at an M Health Fairview clinic or pharmacy.

Will the flu vaccine protect me against COVID-19?

No, the flu shot will only reduce your chance of getting influenza. There is no vaccine available yet for COVID-19, but it’s a good idea to get a flu vaccine to reduce your overall risk of getting sick.

Is getting a flu vaccine safe during the pandemic?

M Health Fairview is committed to keeping our patients, staff, and community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of that effort, M Health Fairview care providers will be using safety measures while administering flu vaccines, including wearing appropriate personal protective equipment. Our clinics are also employing social distancing procedures, screening measures, and visitor restrictions. Visit our COVID-19 Resource Hub for the latest information about our pandemic response.

What COVID-related safety procedures will I have to follow when I get my flu vaccine?

For everyone’s safety, a mask or face covering is required when you come to get your flu shot. When you arrive, our care team will also ask you several COVID-19 screening questions and take your temperature. If you are not feeling well on the day of your flu vaccine, please stay home and reschedule your appointment. Learn more about our masking requirements and visitor restrictions.

What is the difference between COVID-19 and the flu?

COVID-19 and the flu are both respiratory illnesses that can cause fever, cough, sore throat, and body aches. However, they are caused by two different viruses and have some important differences in the symptoms, who is most at risk of getting very ill, and how they spread. The CDC has an overview of the similarities and differences between the flu and COVID-19.

Should I be worried about a “twindemic”?

The term “twindemic” refers to the circulation of two contagious respiratory illnesses – COVID-19 and flu – at the same time this fall and winter. Getting a flu vaccine is one of the best things you can do to help our community stay safe and reduce the spread this winter.

Have more questions about the flu vaccine?

Take a look at the CDC’s updated information about the seasonal flu shot.

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