In light of the widespread flu activity, Connecticut officials are holding free or low-cost clinics so residents can get shots for the influenza virus.
Officials with the Connecticut Department of Public Health said they'll be teaming up with local health officials to hold a series of clinics on Saturday.
DPH officials are encouraging all Connecticut residents over six months old to get at flu shot.
“For those Connecticut residents who haven’t yet received a flu shot, we hope they will take advantage of these flu clinics,” DPH Commissioner Dr. Raul Pino said in a statement on Wednesday. “It is not too late to get protection from the flu this season.”
On Wednesday, many made their way to Milford’s Health Department for a flu shot clinic.
They started offering flu shots on a monthly basis back in the fall, with the flu being so widespread this season, the health department decided to offer the flu shots to anyone who was looking for one.
"I think the messages people are hearing about the amount of illness out there and hospitalizations and there have been some pediatric deaths reported this year, I think that has added to people seeking out the flu shot at this point," said Deepa Joseph, of the Milford Health Department.
Joseph says last year, the health department administered roughly 800 flu shots, and it’s not too late to get one since she says the peak flu season happens four to six weeks from now.
"I kind of put it off a little bit, but then I've been watching on the news how bad it is and I said, I better get it, because at my age, I don't want to get sick,” said Stephen Carroll, of Milford.
The latest update released last week from the Connecticut Department of Public hHealth, reports there have been more than 600 patients hospitalized with the flu since the beginning of the flu season.
There have also been 21 flu-related deaths, including 10-year-old Nico Mallozzi of New Canaan who passed away earlier this month.
The locations of Saturday's clinics are as follows: Branford - East Shore Health District: 688 East Main St. Orchard Research Park, 10 am - 12 pm 203-481-4233 Cromwell - Cromwell Town Hall: 41 W St 3, Municipal Center, 9 am-1 pm 860-632-3426 or 860-632-2256 Fairfield - Health Dept. Nursing Office, 100 Mona Terrace, 9 am-12 pm 203-256-3020 Glastonbury - Glastonbury Town Hall, 2155 Main St., 10 am -1 pm 860-652-7534 Middletown - Cromwell Town Hall: 41 W St 3, Cromwell 9 am-1 pm 860-638-4960 New London - Ledge Light Health District: 216 Broad St. 11 am-1 pm 860-448-4882 Old Saybrook - CT River Area Health District Office, 455 Boston Post Rd, (Saybrook Junction), 10 am-1 pm 860-661-3300 Orange - Orange Health Department, 605 A Orange Center Rd, 9 am -1 pm 203-891-4733 Stamford - Stamford Health Department: 888 Washington Blvd, 9 am-1 pm 203-977-5652 Storrs/Uconn - UConn Student Health Services: 234 Glenbrook Rd, Storrs, 8:30 am-3 pm 860-486-4700 (UConn students only) Storrs - EO Smith High School: 1235 Storrs Rd, 12 pm - 3 pm 860-429-3325 Stratford - Stratford Health Department, 468 Birdseye St., 3rd Floor Nursing Office, 9 am-1 pm 203-385-4090 West Haven - Orange Health Department, 605 A Orange Center Rd, Orange, 9 am-1 pm 203-937-3660The Milford Health Department will hold a flu clinic on Wednesday afternoon. The clinic will be held at the facility located at 82 New Haven Ave.
In Milford, flu shots will be available to anyone ages three and older. A special high-dose vaccine will also be available for anyone who is sixty-five and older. The cost of the high-dose flu shot is $40.50 and the cost of the seasonal flu shot is $20.
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