November 20, 2018

Blue Cross hosts First Wednesday Wellness Flu Shot event

Observer staff report

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont’s First Wednesday Wellness for the month of November will take place on Nov. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. BCBSVT will host the free event at its Information and Wellness Center, located in the Blue Mall at 150 Dorset Street in South Burlington.

 BCBSVT will provide free flu vaccinations in place of the normally provided biometric screenings offered at its First Wednesday Wellness events. The flu shots are free for all participants 18 and older, regardless of their insurance status. Those without health insurance are welcome.

Flu season runs from October through May. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a seasonal flu shot every year for people 50 or older. Statistics show us that approximately 40,000 Americans die each year due to pneumococcal infections, with seniors representing the largest group of fatalities, according to AARP Vermont

 “I encourage you to make time in your busy schedule to get a flu vaccination this autumn,” said Dr. Robert Wheeler, vice president and chief medical officer of BCBSVT. “Every year, thousands of adults and children become seriously ill with influenza. Vaccination helps protect you and also helps reduce the spread of the flu virus to your coworkers, family and community,”

You must make an appointment  at 764-4828.

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