CCHD Invites District Residents to Come Get Their Flu Shot!
Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) encourages all Connecticut residents to get their annual flu shot. CCHD will be hosting eight flu clinics during the month of October 2019 amongst our four district towns of Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield. We invite you to come get your flu shot at one of the following clinics:
Please bring your insurance card to the clinic to receive your vaccination at no cost to you. We bill Aetna, Anthem, CIGNA Healthcare, Connecticare, Harvard Pilgrim, United Healthcare Medicare plans, and Medicare part B insurances. The cost for all others is $25; however, no one will be denied vaccination for inability to pay.
Look for our flu ad screening during the previews at the Picture Show at Berlin October 4th – 10th!
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends annual flu vaccinations for everyone 6 months of age and older, especially among at-risk populations with compromised (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 & emphysema), heart disease (congestive heart failure & coronary artery disease), and diabetes.
Influenza (flu) is a highly contagious viral respiratory infection affecting the nose, throat, and lungs that can cause mild to severe illnesses potentially resulting in hospitalization, and can lead to death. 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. 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 (worsening) of existing chronic medical conditions.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has implemented changes to 2019-2020’s Northern Hemisphere influenza vaccine composition, updating both the A(H1N1) and A(H3N2) components to better match this season’s predominant circulating viruses. Both B virus components have remained intact from the 2018-2019 vaccine. Quadrivalent vaccine composition: A/Brisbane/02/2018 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus (updated); A/Kansas/14/2017 (H3N2)-like virus (updated); B/Colorado/06/2017-like (Victoria lineage) virus; B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (Yamagata lineage) virus.
Annual flu vaccination is the primary method to provide immunity against the influenza virus, mitigating illness and death caused by influenza-related complications. Despite recommendations, many people still do not receive an annual flu vaccination, consequently leaving a significant portion of the population vulnerable to infection. Protect yourself, your family and friends; get your flu shot this October!