MINNEAPOLIS, MN--(Marketwire - September 14, 2010) -  Flu shot season is here and Health Fair 11 is ready to hold its annual Flu Fighter clinics. But before you head out to get your annual vaccination, there are some important changes to know about.

  1. Flu Fighter clinics have new host sites. In September, MVNA nurses will be giving flu shots at all Minnesota Life Time Fitness locations. In October, vaccinations will be available at all YMCA centers in the Twin Cities and western Wisconsin. Club memberships are NOT required to attend Flu Fighter clinics.

  2. Everyone is currently eligible to get a flu shot.  The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has changed its vaccination directives for this year. Priority groups have been eliminated. The CDC encourages everyone to be vaccinated as soon as flu shot clinics begin.

  3. Most will only need one shot this year. The H1N1 influenza vaccine is contained in this year's seasonal flu vaccine. Parents should consult with medical professionals to determine if their children will need more than one dose of seasonal flu vaccine. 

Vaccinations are given by registered nurses working for the Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency. The MVNA is a nonprofit organization that uses all proceeds from the Flu Fighter clinics to fund its nursing care programs for thousands of Minnesotans who are ill, disabled, living in poverty, or in need of home care services. Learn more about MVNA and its services at www.mvna.org

Flu Fighter clinic dates & hours
Minnesota Life Time Fitness clubs -- September 16 - 18 & September 23 - 26, 2010

Thursdays & Fridays: 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

 Metro area YMCA centers -- October 14 - 16 & October 21 - 23, 2010

Thursdays & Fridays: 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Flu Fighter clinics are open to anyone age 3 and older. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Most health insurance plans will cover the cost of a seasonal flu shot. Bring your insurance card if you have one of these plans: Medicare, UCare, Advantra Freedom, Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Health Partners, Humana, Labor Care, Medica, MCHA-Medica, MHP, MN Health Care, Preferred One, Select Care, Unicare, and United Health Care.

People paying cash will be charged $26. FluMist ® nasal vaccine will be available for $32.

The Flu Fighter clinics are made possible by Health Fair 11, a nonprofit organization that operates with the support of KARE 11 TV, North Memorial, and UCare. Since 1998, more than 850,000 flu shots have been administered at Health Fair 11's Flu Fighter clinics.

Contact Information:

Craig Hotvedt