Horizon NJ Health, a subsidiary of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, has announced that it is taking wellness on the road by offering its entire member population, over the age of 19, free influenza vaccinations aboard the Horizon NJ Health Care-A-Van.
Vaccinations will be administered at select Care-A-Van locations by a Horizon NJ Health nurse or licensed health care professional. Appointments or reservations are not necessary for the shot. The Care-A-Van’s flu shots have been scheduled at two locations this month:
Dvine Konektion Community Development Corporation
611 56th Street
West New York
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Bergen County Housing, Health, Human Service Center
120 South River Street
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
The times and locations for other Care-A-Van flu shots are still to be determined but will be posted on the Horizon NJ Health webpage for events.
“By offering flu vaccinations through our Care-A-Vans, we are providing members with a convenient option of where they can receive the shot,” said Karen L. Clark, Vice President, Medicaid, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, President, Horizon NJ Health. “Our self-contained mobile health units offer superior privacy and convenience by bringing such services as medical screenings and others to the neighborhoods where our members live.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), less than half of the nation’s population receives an annual influenza vaccination1. The estimated adult flu vaccination coverage during the 2011flu-season was 45%, an increase from 41% the previous season2.
“Influenza is dangerous and does not discriminate,” commented Philip M. Bonaparte, M.D., Vice President, Clinical Affairs/Chief Medical Officer, Horizon NJ Health. “Anyone who is not vaccinated can get it and spread it. Even though you may not feel sick, getting a flu shot helps protect your family, your community and those who are more at risk, such as young children and the elderly. While the number of children and adults receiving the vaccine is increasing annually, the overall number of individuals getting vaccinated remains relatively low.”
For more information about the dangers of flu and the benefits of vaccinations, talk to your health care provider or visit www.cdc.gov/flu.
About Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, New Jersey’s oldest and largest health insurer, is a not-for-profit health services corporation. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey serves approximately 3.6 million members and is headquartered in Newark with offices in Wall, Mt. Laurel and West Trenton. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey provides a wide variety of health and dental insurance products and services, including Medicare and Medicaid products, for businesses and individuals. Learn more at www.HorizonBlue.com.
About Horizon NJ Health
Horizon NJ Health is New Jersey’s largest managed health care organization serving the publicly insured, providing health services for more than 550,000 people in all 21 New Jersey counties. Headquartered in West Trenton, NJ, Horizon NJ Health, a partnership, is part of the Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey enterprise, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Learn more at www.horizonNJhealth.com.