WINDSOR, Vt. – Flu season is fast approaching and Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) has announced its annual schedule of free flu clinics. “For the past several years, MAHHC has been offering free flu shots to our community each fall in preparation for the winter flu season,” said Gay Landstrom, Interim President and CEO at MAHHC. “Last year, we administered over 2,000 shots, free of charge, during flu clinics at MAHHC in Windsor and at Ottauquechee Health Center in Woodstock. Thousands more shots were given during regular patient visits at the Hospital and at on-site clinics at locations such as King Arthur Flour, Harpoon Brewery, Simon Pearce, Historic Homes of Runnemede, and the Ascutney House, among others.” The Hospital has scheduled the free flu clinics for nine dates this fall. The first two will be held Saturday, September 24 from 9 a.m. to noon at MAHHC in Windsor and Tuesday, September 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ottauquechee Health Center in Woodstock. The full schedule is available on the Hospital’s website. “We have both morning and evening clinics scheduled at each location, to accommodate the needs of people with varied work schedules,” says Landstrom. “Our goal is to make it as convenient as possible for everyone in the community to get the protection they need.” Landstrom notes that according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, more than 3,500 Americans died from complications of influenza in 2015. Today, the CDC strongly recommends immunizations for population groups who are at highest risk for developing flu-related complications.
These groups include:
• Children younger than five
• Adults 65 or older
• Pregnant women and women up to two weeks postpartum
• Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities
• People with certain medical conditions, including heart disease, asthma, chronic lung disease, blood disorders, diabetes and other endocrine disorders, and kidney and liver disease.
• People with neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions such as cerebral palsy, seizure disorders, stroke, muscular dystrophy, and spinal cord injuries or peripheral nerve damage.
More information on groups at increased risk of flu complications can be found on the CDC website. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/high_risk.htm <http://mtascutneyhospital.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6e62d64664e56cf0c7ac929aa&id=772ad6fd32&e=3e16c7598a
For more information on flu shot availability through Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, visit the MAHHC website at http://www.mtascutneyhospital.org
About Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center
Founded in 1933, Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center is a not-for-profit community hospital including the Critical Access-designated Mt. Ascutney Hospital in Windsor, Vermont, and Ottauquechee Health Center in Woodstock, Vermont. Affiliated with Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the Hospital provides people in communities across the Upper Connecticut River Valley with primary care and a comprehensive suite of specialty services, along with 25 inpatient beds, an Emergency Department, a therapeutic pool and an acclaimed Rehabilitation Center including ten inpatient beds. Mt. Ascutney Hospital is a recipient of the national Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service, one of the most prestigious awards in healthcare, and is accredited by both the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) at the highest level possible.