BERLIN - The Central Connecticut Health District will host nine flu clinics in October across the four district towns it serves: Newington, Berlin, Rocky Hill and Wethersfield.
Insurance cards for Aetna, Anthem, CIGNA Healthcare, Connecticare, United Healthcare Medicare plans and Medicare part B can be brought for free vaccinations as CCHD will bill those companies. The cost for all others is $25 but no one will be denied vaccination for inability to pay.
The CCHD encourages all Connecticut residents to get their annual flu shot as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends them for anyone 6 months of age and older, especially those with weakened immune systems.
Vulnerable populations susceptible to prolonged infection and influenza-related complications include adults over 65 years of age, children under five, pregnant women, and persons with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, lung disease (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and emphysema), heart disease (congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease), and diabetes. Persons aged 65 years and older typically account for about 90% of influenza-related deaths per season, the CCHD said in a release announcing the flu shot clinics.
Influenza (flu) is a highly contagious viral respiratory infection affecting the nose, throat, and lungs that can cause mild to severe illnesses resulting in hospitalization, and can lead to death.
Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, muscle/body aches, runny/stuffy nose, headache, and fatigue. Complications include viral and bacterial pneumonia, ear and/or sinus infections, and exacerbation of existing chronic medical conditions.
In the United States, the CDC estimates that “influenza has resulted in between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses, between 140,000 and 710,000 hospitalizations and between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths annually since 2010.”
The clinics will take place on the following dates, times and locations:
n Tuesday, Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wethersfield Community Center, 30 Greenfield St.
n Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Newington Senior & Disabled Center, 2665, 120 Cedar St.
n Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Rocky Hill Community Center, 761 Old Main St.
n Thursday, Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Berlin Community Center, 230 Kensington Road.
n Sunday, Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Newington High School, 605 Willard Ave.
n Monday, Oct. 15 from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wethersfield Community Center
n Tuesday, Oct. 16 from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Newington Senior & Disabled Center
n Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Berlin Community Center
n Thursday, Oct. 25 from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Rocky Hill Community Center
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