Shelton Community News

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Vaccination clinics offered

The Naugatuck Valley Health District is hosting several vaccination clinics in January. The NVHD clinic parking and entrance is located in the rear of 98 Bank St., Seymour. Appointments can be made online at bit.ly/ValleyVaccine.

There is no copay for COVID vaccines regardless of insurance status. People are asked to bring their insurance if they have it. There is also no copay with accepted insurances for influenza vaccines. Eligible residents should bring the proper insurance cards.

NVHD accepts the following insurances: Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross/ Blue Shield, Cigna, ConnectiCare, Medicare Part B and Medicaid.

Please be advised that NVHD are not able to accept Medicare Advantage plans, Oxford or United Healthcare for influenza vaccines.

For those with no insurance, costs are $35 for the Quadrivalent vaccine and $70 for Flublok. Acceptable forms of payment are cash, check or credit card.

Health district offers chronic pain workshop

The Naugatuck Valley Health District is offering an in-home version of the Live Well with Chronic Pain workshop for adults coping with chronic pain, without having to use technology beyond the telephone. This program helps people learn new skills to manage their chronic pain.

Once a week for six weeks, a trained Live Well leader will facilitate the one-hour group phone calls to help enhance the experience and to alleviate concerns about winter weather travel. Participants will learn about chronic pain, fatigue management, medication management, healthy eating and exercise for pain, and tips for dealing with stress related to painful conditions. Participants will be mailed a toolkit at no cost consisting of the book "Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain," an instruction booklet and an exercise CD.

Class size is limited to six participants, and pre-registration is required. Participants must be willing to share their name, address and phone number so the toolkit can be mailed directly to them and the leader can place the weekly group call. A new group is starting on Wednesdays from 2:30-3:30 p.m. and will run through Feb. 15. To sign up, contact Lisa Trupp at 203-881-3255 ext.108 or ltrupp@nvhd.org.

American Legion welcomes home soldiers

Sutter-Terlizzi American Legion Post 16 of Shelton will be lining streets and driveways with American flags as part of a program to welcome home military personnel.

Mike Kellett, American Legion 3rd District executive committeeman, said the local Post created this program to help families of military personnel in welcoming home their loved ones from deployment, discharge or retiring from the military.

“As veterans still serving America, the Legion recognizes and appreciates the sacrifice of all who serve as well as the sacrifice of their families,” Kellett said.

Kellett said Legionaries will work with family members to find the right location for the flags, and they will be placed the afternoon or evening before a service member comes home and removed the day after.

“Welcome home,” Kellett said. “Two simple words that far too many veterans did not get to hear upon their return home. The American Legion is committed to making sure that on our watch, returning soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines get the message loud and clear with the Operation Welcome Home Program.”

Families living in Shelton who would like flags placed to welcome home their loved ones should contact American Legion Post 16 of Shelton, at admin@sheltonpost16.org.