2010 Flu Clinics Start Oct. 27

Contact: Kevin Robinson
(802) 447-5003

BENNINGTON — With H1N1 flu still fresh in everyone's mind, Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is urging everyone to get a flu shot between the end of October and early December.

This year, the VNA & Hospice of SVHC is coordinating three community walk-in clinics:
Wednesday, Oct. 27 at Fillmore Pond in Bennington.
Wednesday, Nov. 3 at Second Congregational Church in Bennington Monday Nov. 8 at Second Congregational Church in Bennington.

On Nov. 17, there also will be an appointment-only clinic at the Pownal Firehouse on Rt. 7. To make an appointment for this clinic only, call Janice Pratt at (802) 823-5547.

Because the vaccine only lasts about 6 months and takes a few weeks to become fully effective, the best time to get the flu shot in Bennington is between Halloween and Thanksgiving. Each year the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) develops a new vaccine for the different strains of the flu headed for the United States. This year’s vaccine already includes the H1N1 strain that was prevalent last flu season. So even if you've been vaccinated before, you should be vaccinated this year, too.

Each year, the flu kills thousands of American. As a result, the CDC recommends that anyone older than 6 months get the flu vaccine. The flu is especially dangerous for pregnant women, people over age 50, nursing home residents, and young children. The vaccine is the best way to prevent it.

The Flu shot costs $30 and is covered by Medicare part B, no other insurance accepted. Recipients at SVHC clinics must be at least 18 years-old. Children under age 18 should be seen by their doctors. For updated information about these flu clinics, call the SVHC Flu Clinic Hotline at 802-447-5559.

The VNA & Hospice is part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care, a community not-for-profit dedicated to providing high quality health care at a reasonable cost. SVHC also includes Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, the Centers for Living & Rehabilitation, and several medical practices.