SFHSS is coming to worksites across the City throughout October and in November. Get your free flu shot, ask questions about Open Enrollment, drop off your 2018 enrollment forms, meet with health plan vendors, and learn about the new voluntary benefits that SFHSS is offering City and County of San Francisco members next year like short term disability, guarantee issue life insurance up to $50,000, a premier VSP plan, pet insurance and many more! Event offerings differ by location so please check the calendar below for more details.

Flu Shot Questions? Call 415-554-0643.
Open Enrollment Questions? Call 415-554-1750.

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  • Flu Shots and Open Enrollment
  • Flu Shots Only
  • Open Enrollment Only
  • Health/Benefits Fairs (Open Enrollment Available)

2017 Flu Shot FAQs

  1. Why should I get a flu shot?

    Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and spread it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community. You can protect people who are at greater risk of getting seriously ill from the flu. The flu shot may also make your illness milder if you do get sick. (http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm)

  2. How long does it take for the flu vaccine to become effective?

    A flu vaccination takes about 2 weeks to become fully effective.

  3. Who should get the flu shot?

    Everyone 6 months and older is recommended for annual flu vaccination with rare exception. It is especially important for children younger than 5, people 65 years and older, pregnant women, and those with conditions like asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung diseases because they are at greater risk of developing complications from the flu, like pneumonia.

  4. When should I get a flu shot?

    The CDC recommends vaccinating as soon as vaccine is available. See the CDC website for details. However, the flu season usually does not begin until mid to late December, and peaks in January to February. So, October and November clinics are generally considered good timing.

  5. Can I get the flu shot if I have a cold?

    Yes, as long as you don’t have a fever.

  6. What else should I do to prevent the flu?

    You can avoid close contact with people who are sick, stay home when you are sick, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, wash your hands often with soap and water, avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, and practice other good habits such as a healthy diet, exercise, and 7-8 hours of sleep every night.

  7. Where can I learn more about the flu?

    You can learn more about the flu by checking out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/flu.html



2017 Flu Shot Clinic FAQs

  1. Who is eligible for a free flu shot at a worksite clinic?

    Employees, retirees and spouses/partners of retirees insured through the HSS sponsored health plans from the following employers: CCSF, Unified School District, Community College District and the Superior Court. Some clinics are only open to employees with access to that facility.

  2. When and where are the clinics?

    All flu shot locations and times can be accessed at http://sfhss.org/well-being/flu. Click here to download a printable version.

  3. What do I need to show to receive a flu shot?

    Employees must show their employee ID. Retirees and partners/spouses of retirees must show their HSS-sponsored medical plan card.

  4. Is there a cost?

    No, there isn’t a cost for the flu shot when it is administered at a worksite flu shot clinic. It is free.

  5. Where can I go if I’m a retiree?

    Retirees can go to any of the flu shot locations that do not have an asterisk. Those clinics are only open to employees with access to that facility.

    There is also a retiree-only clinic at the
    RECCSF Health Fair:
    Wed. October 11, 2017 10:00am – 12:00pm
    Scottish Rite Masonic Center
    2850 19th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94132

  6. What type of vaccine will be available?

    This year’s flu vaccine provides broader protection than in the past, as it will cover 4 strains of flu (quadrivalent), whereas previously the vaccine covered 3 strains.

    In addition, there will be a limited number of high dose vaccines available for those, such as the elderly, who need that type of vaccine.

  7. Will you have vaccines appropriate for pregnant women and those over 65 at the clinic?

    Yes.

  8. I am allergic to eggs. Can I get the flu shot at a worksite clinic?

    No, the shots at the clinics are not appropriate for those with an egg allergy. You will need to see your health care provider.

  9. Will there be flu vaccine for children at the clinic?

    No, children are not able to receive flu shots at worksite clinics. You will need to see your health care provider.

  10. Is nasal vaccine available at the clinics?

    No.

  11. If I can’t get to a worksite flu shot clinic, how can I get a flu shot?

    Check out the 2017 flu shot flyer to get a flu shot through your health plan. You can download the flyer at: http://myhss.org/well-being/flu/

  12. Where can I learn more about the flu?

    You can learn more about the flu by checking out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/flu.html

  13. Where can I learn more about flu vaccines?

    You can check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for information about the flu vaccine at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/flu/default.htm



Get a free flu shot through your health plan.

Kaiser Permanente Members
United Healthcare (City Plan) Members
Blue Shield of California Members



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