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The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year. Yearly flu vaccination should begin in September or October, or as soon as vaccine is available and continue throughout the influenza season. While influenza outbreaks can happen as early as October, most of the time influenza activity peaks in January or later.Flu and pneumonia vaccines will be administered by VNA Northwest nurses during flu season in local towns at publicized flu clinics, and at the agency’s office, 607 Bantam Road.

Currently, the cost without insurance is $35 for flu shots and $100 for pneumonia shots. VNA Northwest will accept Medicare coverage and some private insurance coverage. Participants should bring their insurance cards if they have Medicare Part B, Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, or ConnectiCare, and also wear short sleeved-shirts.

The "flu shot" is an inactivated vaccine (containing killed virus) that is given with a needle, usually in the arm. The flu shot is approved for use in people older than 6 months, including healthy people and people with chronic medical conditions.

The viruses in the vaccine change each year based on international surveillance and scientists' estimations about which types and strains of viruses will circulate in a given year. About 2 weeks after vaccination, antibodies that provide protection against influenza virus infection develop in the body.

VNA Northwest promotes prevention and wellness by offering seasonal flu clinics to our communities. Flu and pnemonia shots are offered to adults 18 and over at many different times, dates, and locations, see our calendar for this information.

For the most up-to-date information, please contact us.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I get vaccinated?
Influenza is a contagious disease which can be spread by coughing, sneezing, or nasal secretions.
Influenza can lead to pneumonia and can be dangerous for people with heart or breathing conditions.

Who should get the vaccination?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people in high risk groups get an annual influenza vaccine.  Examples include:

  • those 65 and older
  • those over 50 with chronic illness such as asthma, diabetes, cancer, kidney or heart disease
  •  pregnant women
  • anyone who lives with or cares for people at high risk for influenza related complications
  • anyone who provides essential community services 
  • people at high risk of influenza complications who will be traveling

When should I get the influenza vaccine?
Influenza can occur any time from November through May, but most often peaks in January or February. Plan to get your influenza vaccine in October or November if you can.  But getting vaccinated in December, January or even later, will still be beneficial.  It takes up to 2 weeks for protection to develop after the shot.  Protection lasts up to a year.

 
 
 
Areas we serve:
Bantam, Barkhamsted, Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Cornwall, Colebrook, Falls Village, Goshen, Harwinton, Kent, Lakeville, Litchfield, Morris, New Hartford,
New Milford, New Preston, Norfolk, Northfield, North Canaan, Plymouth, Roxbury, Salisbury, Sharon, Terryville, Thomaston, Torrington,
Warren, Watertown, Washington, Washington Depot, West Cornwall, Winchester, Winsted, Woodbury