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Flu season has arrived

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WETHERSFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu season has arrived.

With it, comes the urging to get a flu shot.

Protein Sciences of Meriden developed Flublok, a pure flu vaccine that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2013. It said it does not use the influenza virus and has a shorter shelf life than most flu vaccines. It also does not use chicken eggs during the manufacturing process.

Wednesday morning, representatives from Protein Sciences administered a flu shot to meteorologist Scot Haney.

They told him and Eyewitness News viewers that last year's flu season was the worst ever.

"Young people spread the disease," said Manon Cox of Protein Sciences. "Now that you're vaccinated, you're making sure your kids, your grandpa, grandma will not get the flu this year."

Protein Sciences recommended getting vaccinated anywhere from mid-October through December.

"You can go to Target, Walmart, any independent pharmacies, you can go to your doctor and ask for Flublok," Cox said.

More information about Flublok can be found on its website here.

The CDC recommends that anyone 6 months or older get the shot.

Health officials said this year's standard shot protects against four strains.

The Central Connecticut Health District has scheduled flu shot clinics and is offering a preservative-free vaccine to anyone ages 4 and older with no residency requirements. The vaccines come in two types: A nasal spray or an injection.

Participates are asked to wear short sleeves or loose-sleeved clothes.

Here's the CCHD's list:

Berlin

  • Berlin Community Center, 230 Kensington Rd. Oct. 6, 9 a.m. to noon, Oct. 15, 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Newington

  • Newington Senior and Disabled Center, 120 Cedar St. Oct. 2, 9 a.m. to noon, Oct. 20, 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Rocky Hill

  • Rocky Hill Community Center, 55 Church St. Oct. 7, 9 a.m. to noon, Oct. 14, 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Wethersfield

  • Pitkin Community Center, 30 Greenfield St. Oct. 1, 9 a.m. to noon, Oct. 8, 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Kid friendly clinic - Webb School, 51 Willow St. Oct. 21, 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The CCHD said it bills Aetna, Anthem, CIGNA Healthcare, ConnectiCare, Healthy CT and Medicare Part B insurances. For others, the cost is $25 in cash.

Participants must bring identification from their insurance plan to receive the shot at no charge.

Facts about the flu can be found here.

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