In response to the continued intensity of this flu season and the concerns of our community, the Norwalk Health Department will offer additional appointments for flu shots in the coming weeks. If you have not yet gotten a flu shot and would like to be vaccinated, please call the Health Department at (203) 854-7776, and staff will work to schedule an appointment at a convenient time for you.“We continue to be a resource for the Norwalk community during this terrible flu season,” explained Norwalk Director of Health Deanna D’Amore, MPH. “We are still offering vaccines, and we are closely monitoring flu activity.”The flu vaccine offers protection against seasonal and H1N1 flu, and everyone older than 6 months is encouraged to be vaccinated.Children between 6 months and 18 years of age can receive the vaccine free of charge. Flu shots are free for adults who have Medicare Part B, Medicaid, Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, ConnectiCare, and United. Please bring all your insurance cards with you. Otherwise, standard flu shots cost $25 per person, and high-dose shots (an option for patients 65 and older) cost $50. No one will be turned away, regardless of their ability to pay.The Health Department also holds regular walk-in hours on Tuesdays from 1 – 3 pm without an appointment, while vaccine supplies last.
In addition to getting your flu shot, you can take other steps to stay healthy this year:
Recognizing Flu SymptomsThe US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports these important signs and symptoms of flu to look out for:
Emergency SymptomsGet medical help right away if you experience any of these symptoms or notice them in your children:
Anyone can get the flu, but some people are especially urged to protect themselves from the flu because they are at increased risk for serious flu-related complications, including those people with certain medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease), people 65 years and older, pregnant women, young children, and anyone who lives with or cares for these higher risk individuals.
If you have a question about the flu or the flu vaccine, call your physician. If you do not have a physician or you have questions about getting your flu shot with the Health Department, please call us at (203) 854-7776.