The flu shot.
The flu shot (injectable) is available. It is the quadrivalent vaccine that provides protection against four flu viruses. If you have any questions about whether you should get a flu vaccination consult your health care provider. Additional information is also available at Flu Shot (http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/flu.html) A limited supply of FluMist (nasal spray) may be available.
Seasonal flu vaccinations are available through your primary care clinic. Plus, in-network convenience clinics offer the flu shot. Prior to attending a community flu vaccination event (i.e., pharmacy or grocery store) call member services at your health plan and ask about your benefit. Visit HealthMap's vaccine finder for other public locations.
There are many flu viruses that constantly change. The composition of flu vaccines for the U.S.is reviewed annually and updated to match circulating flu viruses. Flu vaccines protect against the three or four viruses (depending on vaccine) that research suggests will be most common.
For the 2018-2019 flu season, three-component vaccines (trivalent) are recommended to contain:
Four-component vaccines (quadrivalent), which protect against a second lineage of B viruses, are recommended to be produced using the same viruses recommended for the trivalent vaccines, as well as a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (B/Yamagata lineage) virus. The quadrivlent vaccine (shot/injectable) will be administered during the 2018 workplace flu vaccination campaign for state of Minnesota employees.
For additional information visit: CDC - Seasonal Flu Basics
Yes, the seasonal flu vaccine is produced using eggs. If you have questions about whether you should get a seasonal flu vaccine consult your health care provider. Centers for Disease Control has a recommendation update for this flu season about flu vaccine and egg allergies.
The seasonal flu vaccines offered at our clinics are thimerosal-free. No latex products are used at the clinics.
Yes. They will, however, need to pay in cash - $33.00 seasonal flu shot. (Please bring exact amount - nurses do not carry change.)
Health benefits for new employees are not effective immediately. In general benefits become effective 35 days after the date of hire. New employees can wait until their benefits are active and get their shot through their health care clinic.
We are not offering services to retirees. They can receive the shot through their preferred health clinics.
There is no Workers' Compensation liability for an adverse reaction to the seasonal flu shot, even when given in the workplace. Seasonal flu vaccination is a voluntary activity.
All state employee health insurance cards, regardless of the plan, are Advantage cards if the individual carrying the coverage is a state of Minnesota employee. Advantage is the name of the state's self-insured plan.
The cards are issued by each health plan on behalf of the state, but they all have the name "Advantage" on them.
Contact your health care plan:
BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota
We will need your health insurance ID number for billing purposes to your health care provider. Please make every effort to get your ID card before the clinic date.
We will need your health insurance ID number for billing purposes to your health care provider. The actual card is needed to minimize billing errors.
The three health plans contract with a service provider, Homeland Health Specialists, Inc. (“Homeland”). Homeland is licensed with the state of Minnesota and credentialed with the health plans. All state employee workplace vaccination clinics are led by licensed Registered Nurses and follow federal and state of Minnesota regulations. All work is performed according to established medical protocols for vaccine administration, vaccine handling and storage, and emergency response.
Homeland operates under the supervision of its medical director, Sean P. Flood, MD MPH. Dr. Flood is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School and is Board certified in Family Practice, Preventative Medicine and Occupational Medicine. Dr. Flood also holds a master’s degree in Public Health. His career is focused on community and preventative medicine with the intent of fostering prevention and healthier lifestyles as primary strategies for promoting healthy communities. In addition to his duties with Homeland, Dr. Flood practices Occupational Medicine at Hudson Physicians in Hudson, WI.
Yes, at seasonal influenza workplace clinics, the seasonal flu shot vaccine are provided at no out-of-pocket cost to employees. It is a covered benefit provided by the Minnesota Advantage Health Plan. You will have to provide proof of insurance coverage at the workplace clinics.
You will complete a combined consent and insurance form.
Shots are administered to the upper part of the arm. Wear clothing that will give easy access to your upper arm.
Because the flu shots are considered a covered preventative benefit under our health plans, the health plans are responsible for providing them for members. We use the nursing vendor that the three health plans contract with to administer the shots to employees statewide. Using state nurses would add to scheduling complexity and compensation/reimbursement and liability issues.