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Posted on: September 6, 2011

[ARCHIVED] Health Department to Hold Community Flu Clinics

Get Your Flu Shot at the Norwalk Health Department!

The Norwalk Health Department will offer seasonal flu vaccinations beginning this month. The following community clinics are open to the public, with no appointment necessary:

Thursday 9/22, 10 am - 12 pmSt. Philip’s Church Hall, 25 France Street

Thursday 9/29, 5 pm - 7 pmNorwalk Health Department, 137 East Avenue

Monday 10/3, 5 pm - 7 pmNorwalk Health Department, 137 East Avenue

Thursday 10/6, 10 am - 12 pmSt. Philip’s Church Hall, 25 France Street

Thursday 10/13, 5 pm - 7 pmNorwalk Health Department, 137 East Avenue

Tuesday 10/18, 10 am - 12 pmSt. Philip’s Church Hall, 25 France Street

The flu vaccine protects against seasonal and H1N1 flu, and anyone older than 6 months of age is encouraged to get their flu shot. All clients should try to wear short sleeves for easy access to the injection site.

Flu shots through the Health Department are covered by Medicare Part B, ConnectiCare, and Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Residents with this insurance coverage are asked to bring their insurance cards for verification of benefits. Otherwise, standard seasonal flu shots cost $25 per person.

This year, the Health Department will also offer the high-dose flu vaccine to clients age 65 and over. This high-dose vaccine costs $50 per person and is covered by Medicare Part B. Clients 65 years of age and older can choose to have this high-dose vaccine or the standard seasonal flu vaccine. The high-dose version of flu vaccine is designed to boost older patients’ immune response to influenza. These patients tend to have a weaker immune response to the standard flu vaccine compared with younger patients, and they are at greater risk for serious complications from influenza.

If you have a question about the flu vaccine, call your physician. For questions about the community flu clinics listed here, or to inquire about arranging a vaccination clinic at your worksite, please call the Norwalk Health Department at 203-854-7776.

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