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Get a flu shot

Flu Season is Here!

Think you have the flu? Call Boynton Health Service Medical Information Nurse at 612-625-7900 before coming in to help prevent spreading the flu. Our nurses can assess your needs and direct your care. Protect yourself and others by getting your free flu shot today.

Free, walk-in clinics will be held in the Boynton Health Service main lobby from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. on the following dates:

Unfortunately, health care providers cannot provide treatment for most cases of the flu. Often, simple home remedies can ease uncomfortable flu symptoms. If you have flu symptoms, please stay home to care for yourself and prevent spreading the flu to others.

Please read more about symptoms and treatment of the flu on our Flu and Cold Health Information page.

Why Get the Flu Shot? Herd Immunity.

By getting your flu vaccine, you’re protecting yourself and helping stop the spread of the flu to your family, friends and the community.

Contagious disease can’t become widespread if many people are immunized from diseases like the flu. That’s called herd immunity. So do it for the herd!

More Information

To learn more, check out our Flu FAQ or contact us at flu@bhs.umn.edu.

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Watch the Do It for the Herd Video

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I Did It for the Herd

Sign up for your free flu shot now and someday soon you too can say: "I got my flu shot today and here's why you should, too."

Intranasal vs. Injectable

The nurse will screen you before administering the vaccine to ensure you receive the appropriate vaccine.

The nasal-spray flu vaccine is a vaccine made with live, weakened flu viruses (sometimes called LAIV for "live attenuated influenza vaccine" or FluMist®). This vaccine does not cause the flu. LAIV (FluMist®) is approved for use in healthy* people who are 2 to 49 years old who are not pregnant. (*"Healthy" indicates persons who do not have an underlying medical condition that predisposes them to influenza complications.) The intranasal vaccine ("FluMist") is a quadrivalent, which means the vaccine will protect you from four different types of flu viruses.

The injectable flu shot is an inactivated vaccine (containing killed virus) that is given with a needle, usually in the upper arm. (Please wear attire that allows us to access your upper arm and shoulder.) The flu shot is approved for use in people older than 6 months. Healthy people and people with chronic medical conditions can get the shot. The injectable flu shot offered at the University of Minnesota flu vaccination clinics is a trivalent intramuscular vaccine that will protect you from three different types of flu viruses.

Contact Us

For more information about the flu clinics, please e-mail flu@bhs.umn.edu

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