September 18, 2018

VNA announces 2015 public flu clinic schedule

flu shotThe Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties (VNA) has announced its 2015 series of seasonal flu vaccination clinics. VNA flu clinics are offered for adults ages 18 and older and will be held at convenient locations in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. VNA flu shots are administered by a licensed nurse. This year, the VNA will administer the quadrivalent flu vaccine, which protects against four different strains of the flu; two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses. To learn more about the quadrivalent vaccine, visit the Centers for Disease Control website at www.cdc.gov/flu.

For complete clinic hours, locations and information, call the VNA at 658-1900 or visit www.vnacares.org/flu. Individuals may also call the VNA to arrange a flu shot at its Prim Road location in Colchester.

VNA accepts most insurance, including Medicare and Medicare. A copy of your insurance card is needed at the clinic for payment. Please bring it with you. If you do not have insurance, the fee for vaccine is $41. Cash, checks or credit cards will be accepted. Grants may be available for anyone who is uninsured and is unable to pay for the vaccine.

Peg Slagle, RN, VNA Infection Control Officer explained, “It takes about two weeks after vaccination for your body to develop an immune response. Get vaccinated now so you will be protected.”

A flu shot is especially important for people with high risk of having serious flu-related complications including:

Pregnant women

People 65+ years old

People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions

Nursing home and long-term care facility residents

People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including health care workers, household contacts of persons in the high risk population and household contacts and outside caregivers of children younger than 6 months of age (children who are too young to be vaccinated).

The clinics will be held at the following times:

Sept. 28 at the Richmond Town Office, located at 203 Bridge Street, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Oct. 1 at 6441 Route 2 in North Hero from 8 to 10 a.m.

Oct. 7 at the Arrowhead Senior Center, located at 46 Middle Road in Milton, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Oct. 8 at Burlington’s Heineberg Senior Center at 14 Heineburg Road from 9 to 11 a.m.

Oct. 9 at the Congregational Church of South Hero, located at 24 South Street from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Oct. 14 at the Winooski Senior Center, located at 123 Barlow Street, from 9-11 a.m.

Oct. 15 at the Shelburne United Methodist Church at 30 Church Street from 1-3 p.m.

Oct. 21 at the Charlotte Senior Center, located at 212 Ferry Road, from 1-3 p.m.

Oct. 23 at the United Church of Hinesburg, located at 10580 Vt. Route 116 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Oct. 26 at the Covenant Community Church, located at 1 Whitcomb Meadow in Essex, from 10 a.m. – noon.

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