The flu is more than just a few sniffles and a fever. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications and about 36,000 people die from flu every year. Older adults, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at the highest risks for serious flu complications. The only way to protect yourself and your loved ones is to get vaccinated every year.
“We have an adequate supply of flu and pneumonia vaccines this year and have more than 40 clinics scheduled from Hamden to Old Saybrook,” reports Beth Capobianco, RN Flu Clinic Coordinator at VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice in Guilford. The flu virus usually reaches peak levels in January to February, so it is advised that people get vaccinated in the fall to give the vaccine enough time to work when they need it most.
This year VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice also wants you to know that it matters where you get your flu shot. “As a non-profit organization, we rely heavily on our flu prevention program,” comments Capobianco. She adds, “every dollar we collect from this program is reinvested back into our communities… providing additional free or low cost health screenings like cholesterol and blood pressure checks.”
For the most up-to-date VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice flu clinic schedule – click here. Please bring your insurance or Medicare card. VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice accepts: Medicare Part B, Aetna Medicare, Anthem BCBS Medicare, Connecticare VIP,Aetna, Anthem BCBS, Connecticare, Harvard Pilgrim and Healthy CT. Those without a participating insurance can pay with cash, check, or Visa/Mastercard.