Flu Immunization Program
Colorado Visiting Nurse Association held over 200 clinics in private and public locations in Denver in 2018. Flu vaccinations are provided to anyone over the age of 6 months. All Wellness Services and Vaccines are administered by an experienced Registered Nurse.
Prevention is better than a cure when it comes to any illness, and flu is no exception. You play an important role in protecting public health and your workforce. Each year, on average, 5-20% of the U.S. population gets the flu, tens of thousands are hospitalized and thousands die from flu-related illnesses.
The costs are an estimated $10.4 billion a year in direct medical expenses and an additional $16.3 billion lost in earnings annually.
Why host an on-site flu clinic?
Because you’ll save lives, protect the community, protect your workforce, and they are:
- Convenient: Our nurses come to your office or event at the time you select.
- Professional: All VNA Wellness nurses are Registered Nurses.
- Consultative: VNA nurses will provide education and counseling for participants.
- Support: We will provide you with information to promote and manage your flu clinic.
- Easy Payment: Direct billing to Medicare, corporations, and on-site self-payment.
- Flexible Clinic Sizes: We can accommodate clinics for 10 to 5,000 participants.
ADULTS AGE 18-64 ACCOUNT FOR ALMOST 60% OF REPORTED FLU HOSPITALIZATIONS.
People at High Risk of Flu Complications
Getting your flu shot helps prevent you from getting the flu and spreading the flu virus to at-risk populations.
Most people who get the flu will have mild illness and recover in less than two weeks. Some people however are more likely to get flu complications that result in hospitalization and occasionally death. Flu can also make chronic health problems worse.
- Children under 5, and especially younger than 2 years old.
- Adults over 65.
- Pregnant women.
- Residents of long term care communities and nursing homes.
- People who have: Asthma, Heart Disease, Diabetes, Kidney, Liver and Metabolic disorders, weakened immune systems and those who are morbidly obese.
- People who live with, or care for those at high risk for complication from flu, including health care workers, home caregivers and household contacts of caregivers.
Flu Information Resources:
- The flu shot cannot give you the flu.
- Flu is a serious disease. It’s better to get the flu shot than to get the flu.
- Flu vaccination can keep you from getting the flu and prevent you from spreading the virus to those around you.
- It takes about two weeks after being vaccinated to develop a protective amount of antibodies to prevent you from getting the flu, or if you do get the flu it should be a less severe case.
- Flu vaccination protects women during pregnancy as pregnant women are at a greater risk for getting the flu. This not only protects the mom but also the fetus from the dangers of the high fevers that often come with the flu, plus antibodies are passed on to the baby after birth to help protect them for the first months of their lives. Babies at 6 months old can receive a flu shot and all those around a new baby should be vaccinated.
- More than 200,000 people in the United States are hospitalized each year from flu and related complications like pneumonia.
- During the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, 348 pediatric deaths were reported to the CDC. Most flu-related pediatric deaths have occurred in children who were not vaccinated.
- There is a higher dose vaccine available for those over the age of 65 that is stronger because when you age your immune system often will not respond as strongly to produce antibodies. Also often individuals in this group have other chronic illnesses that may affect how their bodies respond to the vaccine.