NORWALK, Conn. – This is a press release, presented in a slightly altered format from which it was sent:
NORWALK HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO HOLD EXTRA FLU CLINIC
It’s Not Too Late to Get Your Flu Shot
NORWALK, Connecticut (January 23, 2018) – The Norwalk Health Department will hold an extra flu clinic at its offices (137 East Avenue) this Thursday, January 25, 3 – 6 pm. No appointment is necessary. As flu season intensifies here in Connecticut, the Health Department urges you to get your flu shot.
“If you have not had the opportunity yet to get your flu shot this year, please visit our clinic this Thursday,” said Norwalk Director of Health, Deanna D’Amore, MPH. “It is not too late to protect yourself and your family members. The vaccine can prevent the flu and also lessen the severity of symptoms for those who do get sick.”
Flu shots at the Health Department are free if you have Medicare Part B, Medicaid, Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, ConnectiCare, and United. Please bring all your insurance cards with you. Otherwise, standard flu shots cost $25 per person, and high-dose shots (an option for patients 65 and older) cost $50. No one will be turned away, regardless of their ability to pay.
If you can’t make it to the clinic on January 25, you can also attend the Health Department’s regular walk-in hours on Tuesdays from 1 – 3 pm, while supplies last.
The flu vaccine protects against seasonal and H1N1 flu, and everyone older than 6 months is encouraged to be vaccinated. In addition to getting your flu shot, you can take other steps to stay healthy this year:
- Wash your hands regularly. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Seek care early. See your healthcare provider immediately if you develop flu symptoms. Antiviral medications can help if taken early in the illness.
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Cough or sneeze into a tissue or into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick, too.
- Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
If you have a question about the flu or the flu vaccine, call your physician. For questions about getting your flu shot at the Health Department, please call us at 203-854-7776.
About the Norwalk Department of Health: Under the direction of the mayor, and with valuable guidance from its six-member Board of Health, the Norwalk Health Department provides a variety of services and programs to fulfill its mission: to prevent and control the spread of disease, promote a healthy environment, and protect the quality of life within its changing community. The Health Department achieved accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) in June 2014, demonstrating that it meets or exceeds national public health standards and commits to continuously improve the quality of the services it delivers. The Immunization Action Plan Program at the Health Department remains diligent in its aim to increase the immunization status of the children younger than 2 years old through its education, outreach and tracking efforts with area physicians and families, and it has broadened its scope to include initiatives to immunize adolescent and adult populations, including influenza vaccinations. More information is available at www.norwalkhealth.com.
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