Fairfield Health Department offers additional seasonal flu and pneumonia vaccination clinics

It’s that time of the year again, fall has arrived and there are many viruses that can cause respiratory illness including the flu circulating around the country. You can take preventative steps every day against the flu, but the single best way to protect yourself is to get vaccinated. It is recommended that everyone over the age of six months receive the flu vaccine every year. It takes about two 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.  

The Fairfield Health Department is hosting an additional flu clinic for adults and children age 5 and older (for children under the age of 5, call Public Health Nursing at 203-256-3150). This clinic will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 3-6 p.m., at the Public Health Nursing Office located at 100 Mona Terrace, Fairfield in the White Portable Behind the Senior Center.

The flu vaccine will be available as an injection for healthy people age 5-49. There will be no nasal spray this year as it is no longer recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For more information as to why the nasal spray is no longer available, visit cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/nasalspray.htm. High dose injectable vaccine will also be available 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, Pneumovax 23, will also be available.  

Medicare Part B, Connecticare, Aetna, Cigna, Anthem, and United HealthCare are all accepted and there is no co pay. Cash price for the flu vaccine is $30, the High Dose vaccine is $65 and the Pneumonia vaccine is $65.   

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.

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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