The Town of East Hartford is sponsoring three Flu Clinics this fall for residents who have not yet received a flu vaccine. Two clinics are available for residents age 50 and older, and one is available for children over age 4 and adults of any age.
“Even though seniors are especially at high risk, many of them do not receive the vaccine”, said East Hartford Mayor Marcia Leclerc. “It is every individual’s responsibility to put prevention to good use and make vaccination part of their routine healthcare,” she added.
East Hartford Health Director Jim Cordier said “people can be vaccinated anytime, but it takes about two weeks for protection to kick in. October is an optimal time to get a shot, as the flu season usually peaks in the winter and can last through May.”
The clinics for East Hartford’s senior residents will take place Friday, October 13 and Friday, October 20 at the South End Senior Center from 1PM to 3PM, sponsored by the East Hartford Health Department. The clinic for children over age 4 and adults of any age is being offered at the Two Rivers Magnet School at 337 East River Drive in East Hartford on Wednesday, October 18 from 2PM to 5PM. All clinics require Photo I.D. and insurance card for vaccination. There are no out-of-pocket costs and reservations are not necessary.
In addition to the flu vaccine, people should practice frequent hand washing, use waterless hand cleaners when water is unavailable, avoid those who are ill, stay at home if sick with the flu and practice cough/sneeze etiquette (i.e., cough/sneeze into bend of elbow). Prescription antiviral medicines are available for use in certain circumstances. For more information about the clinics or for answers to other flu related questions, please call the East Hartford Health Department at 860-291-7324.