Fairfield Health Department offers flu and pneumonia vaccinations

Individuals have another chance to Earn Their Stripe from the Fairfield Health Department. The Department will host two more flu clinics this season for adults and children age 5 and older Tuesday, Nov. 10, from 3-6 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 3-6 p.m., at the Fairfield Public Health Nursing Office located at 100 Mona Terrace, Fairfield (white portable behind the Senior Center).

The flu vaccine will be available as an injection and high dose injectable vaccine for those ages 65 and over. As you get older, your immune system gets weaker. The high dose vaccine is made to promote a stronger immune response to the flu than a regular flu shot. The Pneumonia vaccine will also be available at these clinics.

Medicare Part B, Connecticare, Aetna, Cigna, and Anthem are all accepted and there is no co pay. Cash price for the flu vaccine is $25 and $65 for the Pneumonia vaccine.

For a quicker visit, patients can print out the vaccine consent form at fairfieldct.org/health and bring it completed. Patients should also have their insurance card with them and wear clothes that make it easy to expose the upper arm.

Getting the flu vaccine and earning your stipe is the best preventative step one can do to protect yourself from the flu. It is recommended that everyone over the age of 6 months receive the flu vaccine every year. It takes about 2 weeks after the flu vaccine for the body to produce antibodies against the flu virus so now is a good time to get protection for this flu season.

For questions about the flu vaccine, call your primary care physician. If you have questions about the flu clinics, contact the Public Health Nursing Office at 203-256-3150.


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