Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Health district offers flu vaccine clinics

    The Naugatuck Valley Health District will offer additional influenza vaccine clinics to residents of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Naugatuck, Seymour and Shelton during November and December. 
    This year’s flu vaccine (shot or nasal spray) will protect against the A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)-like virus; A/Perth/16/2009 (H3N2)-like virus; B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus strains of influenza. Flu vaccination (the shot or nasal spray) is now recommended for everyone 6 months of age or older. 
    Clinics will be held at the following locations: Derby Public Library, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. - noon; Ansonia Public Library, Nov. 29 from 3-5 p.m.; Whittemore Library in Naugatuck on Dec. 5 from 3:30-5:30 .pm.; Huntington Branch Library, Shelton Dec. 8 from 10:30 a.m. -noon Plumb Memorial Library, Shelton Dec. 9 from 4:30-6:30 pm. No appointments are necessary.
    Flu vaccine will also be available by appointment during the district’s immunization clinics every Tuesday from 1-3 p.m. during November and December at the district office, 98 Bank St., Seymour. Pre‐registration is required for the district office clinics. Walk In clinics (no appointment needed) will be held at the district office each Wednesday from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. during November and December.
    The Health District will accept Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Medicare Part B. Those who are eligible should bring the proper insurance cards. The cost of the flu vaccine for with other forms of insurance is $25, payable by cash or check. Flu vaccine provided by the Vaccines for Children program (VFC) is also available by appointment for uninsured children.
    For information about the flu clinic schedule, call 203-881-3255, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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