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VNA preparing for busy flu sesason

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VNA preparing for busy flu season

The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) is preparing for another busy flu shot season. Influenza is a serious disease of the nose, throat and lungs. It can keep someone sick for a week or longer with coughing, fever, aching and more.

It can lead to pneumonia and make already existing health problems such as diabetes, asthma and heart disease worse. Each year in the U.S., about 36,000 people die from flu-related causes.
The VNA suggests that getting a flu shot is the best way individuals can protect themselves and their loved ones from the flu.

The VNA will offer the FDA approved vaccine protecting against the three viruses predicted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to be circulating this year. Those three include the A/California, better known as the H1N1 strain, as well as the A/Victoria and B/Brisbane viruses.
This year drug manufacturers were able to make the H1N1 vaccine part of the seasonal immunization vaccine.

For the past 17 years, the VNA, a not-for-profit organization, has provided flu shot immunizations to the community, often staffed by nurses who volunteer their time as part of their contribution to community health.

Flu shots cost $30 or presentation of a Medicare Part B card. Ticket numbers will be distributed on a first come, first served basis at VNA flu shot clinic sites. The VNA is able to vaccinate everyone 9 years of age or older.

For more information or a complete list of flu shot clinics, visit HYPERLINK “http://www.vnaportercounty.org” www.vnaportercounty.org or HYPERLINK “http://www.vnaa.org” www.vnaa.org, or call the VNA Flu Phone at 219-531-8088.


SIDE BAR:
Upcoming Flu shot clinics in the area:
- Sunday, Oct. 10 from 7:30-11:30 a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church, located at 1855 W Harrison Blvd in Valparaiso.
- Tuesday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Hebron Community Center, located at 611 Main in Hebron.
- Friday, Oct. 15 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Bonner Senior Center, located at 5800 Lexington in Portage.
- Thursday, Oct. 21 from 2-4 p.m. at Miller’s Assisted Living, located at 5911 Lute Road in Portage.
- Tuesday, Oct. 26 from 9-11 a.m. at the Duneland Resale Shop, located at 801 Broadway in Chesterton.
- Wednesday, Oct. 27 from 6:30-9 a.m. –at Valparaiso High School Field House Lobby, located at 2727 Campbell St in Valparaiso.
- Sunday, Oct. 31 from 12:30-4 p.m. at the Valparaiso YMCA, BOO THE FLU, located at 1201 Cumberland Crossing Dr in Valparaiso.
- Saturday, Nov. 6 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at the First Christian Church, located at 1507 Glendale Blvd in Valparaiso.
- Wednesday, Nov. 10 from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. at Campbell Street Café, located at 4345 Meridian Drive in Valparaiso.


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