The Farmington Valley Visiting Nurse Association provides flu vaccinations to the public from the end of September through early November.
The flu season was relatively light during the Covid pandemic due to preventative measures of face masks, avoiding crowds and distancing. As we move out of the pandemic and do not practice these preventions, we may find flu becoming more prevalent. Receiving a flu shot this year is very important and will help in cases where both Covid and the flu are circulating. Annual flu shots are recommended because immunity declines and the flu strains change from year to year.
The influenza vaccines given this year at the FVVNA clinics are Flucelvax (regular) and Fluad (High Dose) in pre-filled syringes without preservatives. These vaccines are both quadrivalent containing four strains of inactivated flu virus, including two subtypes A (H1N1 and H3N2) and two types B of the flu viruses likely to circulate this season. The syringe, syringe plunger stopper and tip caps do not contain natural rubber latex. The Fluad vaccine contains an adjuvant compound that boosts the immune systems of folks over age 65.
This year the VNA cannot accept Cigna, Care Partners of CT and Health New England health insurances. Please see your pharmacy or health care provider to receive your annual flu shot if you have these coverages.
Flu clinics will be held at the Granby Senior Center on Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 2 to 4 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon. A flu clinic will be held at the East Granby Senior Center on Monday, Oct. 17, from 3:30 to 5:30. A flu clinic will be held in Hartland at the First Church Parish Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For additional locations and times please visit farmingtonvalleyvna.org and call 860-651-3539 to make an appointment.