The Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties (VNA) announces their 2012 series of seasonal flu vaccination clinics, including a community clinic at the Charlotte Senior Center on Oct. 24from 1 to 3 pm. VNA flu clinics are offered for adults ages 18 and older and will be held at convenient locations throughout Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties into November 2012.
With so many grocery and convenience stores offering this service, why should you receive your shot from the VNA? First and foremost, the VNA flu shots are always administered by a licensed nurse, so you can rest assured that you are receiving quality care. Secondly, by choosing the VNA for your flu shot, you are supporting your local, nonprofit VNA as well as the local economy. Beverly Berry, the VNA’s corporate wellness coordinator, explained, “If you receive your flu shot from the VNA, you are not only protecting yourself and your community, but any proceeds stay local to support your community with programs such as Vermont Respite House, Adult Day Programs, the Family Room, and more.”
The VNA stresses that everyone should reduce the risk of becoming ill by receiving an early flu shot each fall, which protects both you and your family. The Centers for Disease Control states, “You may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick.”
A flu shot is especially important for people with high risk of having serious flu-related complications; these people include:
• Pregnant women
• People 50+ 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 at high risk for complications from flu
• Household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children younger than 6 months of age (children who are too young to be vaccinated).
For more information on VNA services and programs, please contact the VNA at (802) 658-1900 or visit www.vnacares.org.