Final flu clinic held tomorrow

Flu season is here and the town is urging residents to get the vaccine at a final flu clinic scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Town Hall. This clinic will serve residents ages nine years and older.

This season in Connecticut, influenza activity is minimal. However, according to Caroline Calderone Baisley, the town’s director of health, “This situation will change as we move forward into the holiday season and the New Year. It is difficult to predict when the flu will circulate in the community so now is the time to consider getting immunized against flu viruses.”

It takes up to two weeks after vaccination for the body to build immunity against flu viruses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), anyone six months of age and older should be immunized. In addition, there are certain individual groups that are at increased risk for severe complications from influenza who should get immunized. These high risk groups include, but are not limited to, children under the age of five, pregnant women, adults over 65 and people with underlying medical conditions.

The cost of the flu vaccination is $35 and a pneumonia vaccine will be available for $50. Additionally, traditional Medicare Part B/Medicare Advantage ID cards will be accepted. Medicare Advantage plans do not cover pneumonia immunizations at public clinics.

Credit cards and Medicaid will not be accepted. For information call 203-622-3774 or visit Greenwichct.org.

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