Influenza, commonly known as the “flu”, is a potentially serious respiratory illness, caused by a virus, that can lead to pneumonia. Immunization helps strengthen your body’s natural immune response against the upper respiratory flu. The flu shot stimulates your immune system to build antibodies against the virus, making it stronger and ready to fight off the flu.
VNA accepts the following insurances:
- Medicare Advantage/Replacement plans
- Health First private insurance
Please note that Health First is the only private insurance that VNA accepts. We do not accept any Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance plans.
VNA offers three types of flu vaccinations:
- Preservative-free high-dose vaccine
- Preservative-free quadrivalent vaccine
- Regular quadrivalent vaccine
The high-dose vaccine contains four times the number of antigens and is only for those individuals who are 65 years or older. The quadrivalent vaccine is for individuals 10 years or older and offers broader coverage than the regular flu shot.
Why get your flu shot from the VNA
- Individuals who get their flu shot from one of the VNA’s Shoo the Flu clinics is supporting a local non-profit organization.
- Money raised from our flu shot program stays within our community and helps the VNA’s initiative of providing vital health and wellness services to all people in need regardless of their ability to pay.
- Each flu clinic is staffed by licensed nurses with many years of experience and are available to answer questions about the flu vaccines.
- During your visit to our clinic, you can also access our no-cost health screenings (blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and mental health). This is provided at certain locations, so check the public calendar for locations and times.
The importance of getting vaccinated
- The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.
- People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease, and people 65 years and older.
- Vaccination of high risk persons is especially important to decrease their risk of severe flu illness.
Want to Schedule a Private Flu Clinic?
If your organization or residential community would like to schedule a private flu clinic for your employees, please complete the form below and a member of the flu team will contact you.