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Posted on: September 29, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Get Your Flu Shot at the Norwalk Health Department

Flu season is here, and the Norwalk Health Department urges everyone to protect themselves. Take these simple steps to help stay healthy: Wash your hands often with soap and water, cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough, stay home if you feel sick, and get your flu shot from the Norwalk Health Department!

The Health Department will hold three clinics to provide seasonal flu shots to the public this year: Tuesday, October 6, 10 am to 12 pm; Thursday, October 15, 10 am to 12 pm; and Thursday, October 22, 5 pm to 7 pm. All clinics will be held at the Health Department (137 East Avenue, Norwalk), and no appointment is necessary. The Health Department will also be open for walk-in hours on Tuesdays from 1 pm – 3 pm, beginning October 13.

Flu shots through the Health Department are covered by Medicare Part B, Medicaid, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, ConnectiCare, HealthyCT, and United. Please bring all your insurance cards with you. Otherwise, standard seasonal flu shots cost $25 per person.

The Health Department also offers the high-dose flu vaccine to clients age 65 and older. These clients can choose between the 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, because 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. This high-dose vaccine costs $50 per person and is covered by Medicare Part B and some other insurances. Call for details.

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

In addition to clinics that are open to the public, the Health Department also works with employers to hold quick, efficient flu clinics at worksites, providing a valuable benefit to employees.

If you have a question about the flu vaccine, call your physician. For questions about the community flu clinics 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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