Even if you are not worried about flu, then getting the vaccine can help protect other family members. For example, studies have shown that when children and adolescents were vaccinated against the flu, then their families, including babies and grandparents, were much less likely to catch the flu.
Here's where to get flu shots in Minneapolis, St. Paul and around the Twin Cities.
Wherever you go, call ahead to make sure that the location does have stocks of the vaccine that is appropriate for you and your family. For example, some locations can only administer vaccines to adults. Or, some locations may only have the nasal spray, or they may only have the traditional shot.
Your Doctor's Office
If you are already a patient at a doctor's office, or your children visit a pediatrician, then your doctor's office or pediatrician should be able to give flu shots. Call for an appointment.
No appointment necessary: many Walgreens, CVS, and Target locations offer flu shots. Just show up during clinic hours. These clinics take many insurance policies, or you can pay out of pocket. You may experience a line and a wait at busy times.
What does it cost to pay for a flu shot at Walgreens, Target, or CVS, with no insurance?
In 2013, Target Clinic's prices started at $28 for a flu shot. Target Clinics can administer flu vaccines to adults and children over 18 months of age.
Walgreens charged $39.95. Walgreens can only give flu shots to adults.
CVS's Minute Clinic prices for flu vaccinations start at $31.99. Minute Clinics can give vaccines to adults and children over 18 months of age.
Clinics and hospitals
Clinics, doctors' offices, and hospitals all offer flu shots. Call for an appointment.
Schools, Colleges, Workplaces
Many schools, offices and businesses have flu clinics at the start of the flu season. Prices are usually cheaper than at a clinic, or covered by the employer's insurance benefits.
Many colleges have clinics on campus to give flu shots to their students. If you are enrolled in a college or university, the cost of the flu vaccines is usually free or low-cost.
Public Health Departments and Community Organizations
Public Health departments in St. Paul, Minneapolis, Bloomington, and many other cities in the Twin Cities metro area are holing flu shot clinics through the flu season. Community organizations also hold flu shot clinics for the populations that they serve. The Minnesota Department of Health has a clinic finder to find flu shot clinics near you.
Flu Shot Finders
As well as the Department of Health Flu Shot Clinic Finder, which searches public and community flu shots, you can also try the government's flu website, flu.gov, has a flu shot finder widget which searches commercial clinics and other locations to find your nearest location with flu shots.