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Early Childhood Screening at 3

Learn more about whether your three year old is developmentally on track and will eventually be ready for Kindergarten.

This is required for entrance in Minnesota's public schools or within 30 days of enrollment. The process is fun for the child. It involves playing games, following directions, a check of vision and hearing, child development and a review of the child's health. It’s available at your local school district and recommended at age 3 but can also be done at 4-5 years old.

Screening is a free check of your child's vision, hearing, height, weight, and development, as well as a review of her or his immunization records. Children are screened by our trained staff. Your child will be assessed in three important developmental areas: motor skills, concepts, and communication skills. This not an IQ test. It does not rank children according to scores. The purpose of screening is early detection of children's development, health, and other factors that may interfere with a child's learning, growth, and development.  For more info call (952) 681-6200

Follow these links for MDH video presentations on this subject: 

ECS Parenting Video  

ECS Parenting Video (with audio descriptors)  


2017 Flu Vaccination Information and Vaccination Site info:

In order to best protect you and your children from flu this year, we will only be providing flu shots this season, nasal spray vaccine is not available.

 The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices made this national recommendation because the nasal spray vaccine has not been effective in the last three flu seasons for children 2 through 17 years of age. This change is not due to any safety concerns. Flu can be a serious, even life-threatening illness. Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent the flu.

Flu vaccine days and times

Everyone older than 6 months of age should get a flu vaccine this year. 

Bloomington Public Health Nurses will give flu vaccines on the following dates and times. These clinics are OPEN TO ALL. You do not need an appointment and there is NO COST. Please bring your insurance card or let us know if you do not have insurance.

At the Bloomington Public Health Center

  • First and third Tuesdays of each month from 3:15 - 5:15 p.m. in the Immunization Clinic.
  • Weekdays, 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Please call to schedule an appointment at 952-563-8900.)

Flu vaccine reminders

  • Shots will be given to persons 6 months of age and older. 
  • Wearing short sleeves is suggested.
  • Bring your insurance card so your insurance company can be billed. Let us know if you do not have insurance.
  • Children under 18 years must have a parent or guardian present.

Arm yourself against the flu! Don't be fooled by the myths . . .

Myth #1: You don't need a yearly flu shot.

The flu vaccine isn't like other vaccines with longer-lasting protection. Even if you had a flu shot last season, you will need a flu shot this year to be protected. You need a flu shot every year to protect yourself against the three flu viruses that are most likely to make you sick.

Myth #2: The flu vaccine can give you the flu.

It is impossible to get sick from the flu vaccine because injected vaccine only contains dead viruses. Dead viruses cannot infect you. The nasal vaccine contains engineered viruses without the parts that make people sick. People who experience flu vaccine side effects may believe it is the flu. Side effects to the vaccine these days tend to be a sore arm and maybe a low fever or achiness. Having the flu would be much worse than this.

Myth #3: The flu vaccine isn't safe.

Flu vaccines have been given for more than 50 years and they have a very good safety track record. Flu vaccines are made the same way each year and their safety is closely monitored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration. Hundreds of millions of flu vaccines have been given safely.

Myth #4: Healthy people do not need a flu vaccine.

Anyone can become sick with the flu and experience serious complications. Old people, young children, pregnant women and people with medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart disease, or kidney disease are at especially high risk from the flu. However, kids, teens and adults who are active and healthy also can get the flu and become very ill from it.

Flu viruses are unpredictable, and every season puts you at risk. Besides, you might be around someone who's at high risk from the flu . . . a baby . . . your grandparents, or even a friend. You don't want to be the one spreading flu.

Myth #5: The seasonal flu is annoying but harmless.

The flu (influenza) is a contagious disease which affects the lungs and can lead to serious illness, including pneumonia. While pregnant women, young children, older people, and people with certain chronic medical conditions like asthma, diabetes and heart disease are at increased risk of serious flu-related complications, even healthy people can get sick enough to miss work or school for a significant amount of time.

Sure, most people who get the seasonal flu recover just fine, but it also hospitalizes 200,000 people in the U.S. each year. It kills an estimated 3,000 to 49,000 people (Centers for Disease Control). The flu is certainly nothing to be called harmless.

Myth #6: It's too late to get protection from a flu vaccine this season.

Flu seasons are unpredictable. They can begin early in the fall and last late into the spring. As long as flu season isn't over, it's not too late to get vaccinated, even during the winter.

Getting a flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family. If you missed getting your flu vaccine in the fall, get your flu vaccine now for protection all season long.

Flu prevention and care

Other steps people can take to avoid spreading or catching influenza

  • Do your best to stay healthy. Get plenty of rest, physical activity and healthy eating.
  • Stay home from school or work if you have a respiratory infection. Avoid exposing yourself to others who are sick with flu-like illness.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue whenever you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue away. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve.
  • Clean surfaces you touch frequently, such as doorknobs, water faucets, refrigerator handles and telephones.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.

Know when to seek care

Most people can fight the flu at home with rest and fluids. If you are in a group at high risk for influenza complications and you develop influenza, you should contact your health care provider early on so that you can be given antiviral medication if needed (it is most effective when started within two days of contracting influenza). It is also just a good idea to check in with your health care provider or doctor in case your situation worsens. 

Is it the cold or the flu?

Signs and symptoms







Temperature of 100° F and above, lasting 3-4 days

None or a temperature of less than 100° F


Dry, sometimes severe





Muscle pain

Usual, often severe

Uncommon or mild

Tiredness and weakness

Lasting 2-3 weeks

Very mild and brief

Extreme exhaustion

Early and prominent


Chest discomfort


Uncommon or mild

Stuffy nose






Sore throat




Dispose of Unwanted Medicines at Free Hennepin County Drop Boxes:
Getting rid of medicines just got easier for Hennepin County residents!

  • Residents can drop off unwanted medicines at drop boxes in Edina (Hennepin County Library Southdale), Brooklyn Park, Minnetonka, downtown Minneapolis and Spring Park.  
  • Medicines from households, including prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, supplements and pet medicines, are accepted.
  • Bring medicines in their original containers. No ID is required. This is a free service.
  • Proper disposal of unwanted medicines is important to prevent abuse or poisoning and protect the environment.
  • Learn more at this web link  

Bloomington Public Health
The City of Richfield entered into a contractual agreement with the City of Bloomington back in 1977 for the provision of public health nursing services and has continued to provide them to Richfield residents for the past 35 years.    They provide effective services in a very cost efficient manner to Richfield residents who continue to indicate that those receiving their services are very satisfied.

Richfield/Bloomington Public Health Division
1900 West Old Shakopee Road,
Bloomington, MN 55431
952-563-8900 V/TTY

Office hours
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Nurse information line: 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.


ECHO Minnesota multi language health and emergency preparedness info

Bloomington Public Health Emergency Preparedness 

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