Community Visiting Nurse Association provides flu and pneumonia immunization clinics to the community (age 18 and older) at public sites, corporations, senior centers and at our Community VNA office at 110 West End Avenue in Somerville, NJ. The schedule and locations for public clinics are posted on a spread sheet for flu clinics that began in September. In most locations no appointment is necessary.
The Centers for Disease Control of the U.S. government recommends an annual flu shot for individuals who are at increased risk for serious complications from the flu, including:
- Persons aged 50 or older
- Residents of assisted living and other long term care facilities that house persons of any age who have long term illnesses
- Adults and children 6 months and older who have chronic heart or lung conditions, including asthma
- Adults and children 6 months and older who need regular medical care or had to be in a hospital because of metabolic diseases like diabetes, chronic kidney disease or weakened immune system, including immune system problems caused by medicine or by infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV/AIDS)
- Children and teenagers (aged 6 months to 18 years) who are on long term aspirin therapy and therefore could develop Reye syndrome after having the flu.
- Women who will be more than 3 months pregnant during the flu season
Because young, otherwise healthy children are at increased risk for influenza-related hospitalization, flu shots for healthy children aged 6-23 months are encouraged when feasible. Currently, Community VNA offers influenza vaccinations only to adults age 18 or older. Children and pregnant women should be seen by their physicians for a flu shot.
For more detailed information about recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), please visit the CDC website.
Unlike the flu vaccine, pneumonia vaccine is not given annually. If you have received it in the past, you will need to contact your physician about when it should be repeated. A general recommendation is to repeat the vaccine in 5 to 10 years.
A pneumonia shot is recommended for everyone age 65 and older, even if they have had pneumonia in the past. The vaccine is also recommended for those who have a chronic illness or a weakened immune system.
Payment for Flu and Pneumonia Immunizations
For those with Medicare as their primary insurance who subscribe to Medicare part B, Medicare will pay for your flu shot or pneumonia shot. You will need to present your Medicare card at the clinic.
For all others, the cost of a flu shot is $25.00.
The cost of a pneumonia shot is $45.00.
Managed Medicare, managed care, Medicaid and private insurances do not cover flu or pneumonia immunizations from Community VNA. We can accept cash or checks (not credit cards) at our flu and pneumonia clinics.
For more information, call our Community Services Coordinator at 908-725-9355, ext. 2201, or contact us via e-mail.