It's almost time to get your annual flu vaccine; here's ways to get it done

Published on Tuesday, 4 October 2022 10:45
Written by Erica Drzewiecki

@drzewieckinbh

It’s almost time to get your annual flu vaccine, according to local health officials.

The Central Connecticut Health District is hosting nine vaccination clinics in its member towns of Newington, Berlin, Wethersfield and Rocky Hill throughout the month of October.

Residents need to book an appointment in order to receive a vaccine, by visiting the CCHD’s Patient Portal at ccthd.org/book-appointment.

Staff will be providing a morning and afternoon clinic in each town and a single family/pediatric clinic mid-month. Berlin’s clinics are scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (indoors) and Wednesday, Oct. 12 in a drive-thru fashion from 2 to 6 p.m.

The family clinic is set for Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Newington’s clinics will take place Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 2 to 6 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Clinic locations will be disclosed to patients when they book their appointments.

Patients are asked to bring their confirmation and insurance cards with them to their appointment to receive the vaccine at no cost. The cost for all others is $25, although no patient will be denied for an inability to pay.

CCHD will be administering GlaxoSmithKline Biological’s (GSK) Fluarix Quadrivalent flu vaccine. The organization will also have a limited quantity of GSK’s High Dose Fluzone Quadrivalent flu vaccine upon special request.

COVID-19 restrictions and safety precautions resulted in record-breaking low numbers of flu cases during the 2020-21 season, as people were masking and staying socially-distanced. Just 2,265 cases of flu were reported nationwide, as opposed to the 38 million-plus flu cases, 400,000 hospitalizations, and 22,000 deaths reported during the 2019-2020 season. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recorded an increase in these numbers during the 2021-22 season due to lifted restrictions, with an estimated 13 million flu infections.

CCHD staff said that flu season and the ongoing covid-19 pandemic pose the threat of co-infections this winter and urge local residents to protect themselves by getting a flu shot and staying up to date on their recommended COVID vaccines and boosters.

Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at edrzewiecki@centralctcommunications.com.



Posted in Newington Town Crier, Newington News on Tuesday, 4 October 2022 10:45. Updated: Tuesday, 4 October 2022 10:47.