Don’t get sidelined with the flu

I was one of the millions who have had the flu. I came down with it three days after Christmas, and it knocked me out for a week and I didn’t feel normal again until three days after that. Even so, I had a residual cough that only recently went away.
If you’ve gotten the flu – and I wonder how anyone has been able to escape it – you know what I’m saying.
Of course, I never got a flu shot. In fact, I have not gotten one in 10 years. I just never saw a need.
I know differently now.
For those of you who have not received a flu shot, the Health Department’s Public Health Nursing Office, 100 Mona Terrace, has a limited amount of the vaccine. Call 203-256-3150 for an appointment.
Additionally, a no-appointment, walk-in clinic will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the nursing office for those who are age 9 and older. For those with children under 9, the department asks that you call for an appointment.
The accepted insurance are Medicare Part B, Connecticare, Aetna and Anthem. Bring your insurance card with you. Without insurance, the cost of the flu vaccine is $25. Payment will be accepted by cash or check made out to the Fairfield Health Department. Those with Husky insurance or an inability to pay can call 203-256-3150.
The consent form for the flu shot will be available at the clinic or you may print it out in advance by accessing this link. Those making appointments will complete a different consent form.
The department asks that you wear clothing with loose sleeves or short sleeves. For information, call 203-256-3150.
And you need to know about the flu, how to avoid it, how to treat it and who is at risk, visit a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention special website.

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