SVMC Announces Flu Vaccine Events
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SVMC Announces Flu Vaccine Events

BENNINGTON, VT—September 18, 2020—Public health and infectious disease experts, including Vermont’s Commissioner of Health Dr. Mark Levine, are urging members of the public to get the influenza vaccine in September or October this year. Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), has responded by announcing a schedule of flu vaccination opportunities region wide.   

“Getting vaccinated against the flu is more important than ever before because of the emergence of COVID-19,” explained Trey Dobson, MD, SVMC’s chief medical officer. “Getting both the flu and COVID-19 at the same time, or within a short time apart, could be deadly. It is clear that vaccination is very safe and certainly one of the best measures to protect against the influenza virus. Equally as important, vaccination decreases the chance one will transmit the flu to others, particularly to those who are at risk such as the elderly or those with certain chronic illnesses.”

Physicians recommend that most every individual over the age of 6 months should receive a flu vaccine every year. There is no out-of-pocket costs for those with most insurance plans. Patients in all locations will be screened before a nurse administers the vaccine. Those who are feeling poorly should not receive the vaccine until they are feeling better. The vaccine available is the standard dose, rather than high-dose, which is recommended for seniors. 

Drive-up clinics will be held in Bennington 2 – 6 p.m. every Thursday in October. No appointment is necessary. Patients should enter through the Monument Avenue Extension of SVMC’s Bennington Campus and enter parking lot S5.

Patients must:

  • Be at least 6 years old.
  • Bring their insurance card, if they have one.
  • Stay in car.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Wear short sleeves or loose clothing around the arms.

Additional instructions:

  • Patients should be limited to four per vehicle.
  • Those with pets in their vehicles will not be vaccinated.
  • The event is rain or shine.

Patients of SVMC Pediatrics may attend a clinic specifically for those over 6 months. (Those 10 and older may also use the family clinic noted above.) An appointment is required, and patients should call the office at 802-447-3930 to check availability and schedule.

Patients of SVMC Northshire Campus in Manchester, VT, are required to make an appointment to attend its walk-up flu vaccination clinics scheduled on six dates in late September and early October. Call 802-362-4440 to schedule.

Patients of Twin Rivers Medical, P.C., in Hoosick Falls, NY, are required to make an appointment to attend its flu vaccination clinic 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturdays, September 19 and September 26. Call (518) 686-5770 to schedule.

Current patients of SVMC Deerfield Valley Campus are invited to call the office at (802) 464-5311 to get a flu shots. Drive-up clinics are scheduled Tuesdays through October.

Vaccination schedules for the health system’s other primary care clinics—including SVMC Pownal Campus in Pownal, VT—are in the planning stages and will be announced as soon as they are final. 

About SVHC:
Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent, health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC includes Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, and the SVHC Foundation. SVMC includes 25 primary and specialty care practices. For more information, visit

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center provides exceptional care without discriminating on the basis of an individual’s age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Language assistance services, free of charge, are available at 1-800-367-9559.

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