In an effort to ensure that all residents have access to vital healthcare services, the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) is providing free in-home flu vaccinations to eligible individuals in Sarpy and Cass counties. These services are specifically designed for those who face substantial barriers to receiving a flu shot, such as low income, limited transportation options, or a lack of health insurance.
The VNA recognizes that individuals with complex health concerns are at a higher risk of experiencing severe complications from the flu. By offering in-home vaccinations, they aim to bridge the gap for those who face challenges in obtaining annual flu shots. As Dr. Carole Patrick, the interim CEO of VNA, expressed, “Everyone deserves access to a flu vaccination, regardless of their financial situation, insurance availability, or access to transportation.”
This initiative is made possible through a $3,000 grant from the Midlands Community Foundation, which supports the VNA’s commitment to creating healthier communities. The in-home flu vaccination services will be available throughout the 2023 flu season, a period known for an increase in flu intensity during the winter months. It is highly encouraged for individuals to seek vaccination early to prevent the flu and its potential complications.
If you believe you may be eligible for an in-home flu vaccination, you can contact the VNA to undergo an eligibility assessment. Appointments typically take about 15-30 minutes. To learn more, determine eligibility, or schedule an appointment, residents of Sarpy and Cass counties can reach out to Katie Pile, the immunization coordinator, at [email protected] or 402-930-4000.
By prioritizing accessibility and breaking down barriers to healthcare, the VNA reaffirms its commitment to protecting the health and well-being of all community members in need. In-home flu vaccinations not only serve as a preventive measure for individuals but also contribute to the overall public health in reducing the spread of the flu virus. Initiative such as these are crucial in ensuring that healthcare services reach every corner of society, irrespective of financial constraints, insurance availability, or transportation limitations.
Q: Who is eligible for the in-home flu vaccinations?
A: Individuals in Sarpy and Cass counties who face substantial barriers to obtaining a flu shot, such as low income, limited transportation options, or a lack of health insurance are eligible.
Q: How long do the appointments for in-home flu vaccinations take?
A: Appointments typically take about 15-30 minutes.
Q: How can I determine my eligibility or schedule an appointment for in-home flu vaccination?
A: To learn more, determine eligibility, or schedule an appointment, residents of Sarpy and Cass counties can contact Katie Pile, the immunization coordinator, at [email protected] or 402-930-4000.