Town urges residents to get flu shots, wash hands often

The Greenwich Department of Health celebrated “Handwashing Awareness Week” and “National Influenza Immunization Week,” last week from Dec. 2 to 8.

Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and illness. In addition, healthy habits like covering one’s mouth when coughing and washing hands often can help stop the spread of germs to others.

National Influenza Immunization Week reminds everyone about the importance of getting vaccinated. Currently, influenza activity in the U.S. is increasing with widespread activity already being reported in five states. Connecticut, along with other states, has sporadic local activity. The state currently has 59 reported cases of influenza along with one reported case in Greenwich. It’s not too late to get your seasonal influenza vaccination. Influenza-like illness is also increasing and has been reported above the national baseline for some states — circumstances not experienced since the 2003-2004 winter season.

The Department of Health continues to offer influenza and pneumonia vaccinations at its weekly scheduled Immunization and Blood Pressure Clinic at Town Hall on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

Participants 65 years or older must bring their Traditional Medicare Part B card or Medicare Advantage ID card, or a fee of $34 for an influenza vaccination will be charged. Medicare Advantage Plans will not cover pneumonia immunizations at public clinics, therefore, a $50 fee will be charged. Personal checks can be made payable to the town of Greenwich. Medicaid and credit cards will not be accepted. If you are paying by cash, exact change will be appreciated. Please wear short sleeves if possible. The public is encouraged to call the Department of Health flu information line for up-to-date information at 203-622-3774. Now is the time to get vaccinated while supplies last.

The Department of Health asked residents to make a concerted effort during National Handwashing Awareness Week to promote the importance of handwashing and hand awareness. Handwashing is easy to do and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of many types of infection and illnesses, according to the department. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community.

There are critical times when handwashing is important. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people should wash their hands before preparing or eating food, before and after caring for someone who is sick, after using the bathroom and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water is not available, an alcohol-based (at least 60% to be effective) hand sanitizer can be used instead.

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