Flu Clinic to Vaccinate Only High-Risk Groups

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BENNINGTON -- People who are at high risk of complications from H1N1 (swine) flu will be eligible for free vaccination at Bennington’s first H1N1 clinic, Nov. 17. The clinic will be held from noon to 3 p.m., at the Second Congregational Church on Hillside Street. The clinic is sponsored by the Vermont Department of Health and will be operated by the VNA & Hospice of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC). The clinic has a limited number of vaccines available. As a result, only people in high-risk groups will be able to receive the vaccine. The high-risk groups are defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They include:

  • pregnant women,
  • people who live with or care for children younger than six months of age,
  • healthcare and emergency medical services personnel under age 65,
  • persons between the ages of six months and 24 years old,
  • and people between the ages of 25 and 64 who have chronic health disorders or compromised immune systems.

People who do not fit into one of the high risk priority groups will not be vaccinated. Anyone under age 18 must have a parent or guardian present to sign a consent form.

The Vermont Department of Health coordinates the release of H1N1 vaccine. SVHC will be working with the Department of Health to plan future clinics as more H1N1 vaccine becomes available. For more information about the H1N1 clinic and the guidelines for the high-risk target groups, call the Vermont Department of Health’s Flu Information Line at 2-1-1.

VNA & Hospice of SVHC is a not-for-profit organization that makes more than 30,000 home visits each year to residents of Bennington, North Bennington, Pownal, Shaftsbury, and Woodford. In addition to offering services such as home nursing, high-tech care, and rehabilitative services, the agency houses Bennington’s only full-service, Medicare-certified hospice program.