The flu season may still be far from over. For that reason, Borgess VNA Home Care is offering both H1N1 (swine flu) and seasonal flu vaccinations at three additional sites in January.
According to the CDC, influenza activity usually peaks in January or later. In fact, during the past 26 flu seasons, February was the month with the heaviest flu activity 12 times, and March was two times.
New times and locations are:
- Friday, January 15, Noon-2:00 pm at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo, 6151 Portage Road
- Wednesday, January 20, Noon-2:00 pm at the Comstock Community Center, 6330 King Highway
- Thursday, January 21, Noon-2:00 pm at the Augusta VFW, 13540 W. M-96
These are in addition to these times and locations previously announced for January:
- Saturday, January 9, 9:00-11:00 am at two Harding’s Market sites – 5161 W. Main, Kalamazoo, and 3750 W. Centre in Portage
- Saturday, January 23, 9:00-11:00 am, at the same two Harding’s Market locations
- Every Thursday in January, 2:30-4:30 pm., drop-in clinics at Borgess VNA Home Care, 348 N. Burdick, Kalamazoo
INFORMATION ON SEASONAL FLU
Who should get a seasonal flu shot?
- Children between the ages of 6 months and 19 years
- Pregnant women
- People 50 years of age and older
- People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
- People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
- Health care workers
- Anyone with household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
- Out-of-home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)
Costs for the vaccinations are as follows: $33 for the seasonal flu shot and $28 for the Flu Mist nasal spray. Flu Mist is an option for healthy persons between the ages of 2 and 49 (who are not pregnant). For those who are eligible, Medicare Part B will cover the cost of the seasonal flu vaccine.
INFORMATION ON H1N1 FLU
Who should get an H1N1 vaccination?
- Pregnant women
- Healthcare workers
- People who live with or provide care for children younger than 6 months of age
- People aged 6 months to 24 years
- People aged 25 to 64 who at higher risk for complications because of an underlying health condition or compromised immune system
The cost of the H1N1 flu vaccine is $19.50 and is covered by Medicare. Those who are not on Medicare will be asked to pay for the vaccination at the time of administration, using cash, credit card or check. Borgess VNA Home Care will provide a receipt for individuals to submit to their insurance companies for reimbursement.
To locate a nearby clinic or learn about other clinic dates and times, visit flushot.borgess.com, or call the Borgess VNA Home Care Flu Clinic Hotline at 269.382.6735.