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Health District Sets Flu Shot Clinics

The Westport Weston Health District announced today it will begin its annual flu vaccination clinics for people 4 years old and older next month and continue into November.

Mark A.R. Cooper, District director of health, said the first seasonal flu shot clinic will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 6, at the Health District’s office, 180 Bayberry Lane.

Preregistration is strongly encouraged, he said, and can be done by following the flu links on the District’s Web site after Wednesday.

Additional flu clinics will be held on Monday, Oct. 18 in the Westport Town Hall auditorium from noon to 3 p.m; Tuesday, Oct. 26 at the Weston Public Library from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 pm; Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Westport Weston Health District office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 10 at the Westport Center for Senior Activities from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Tuesday, Nov. 23 at the Westport Public Library from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Cooper said participants are encouraged to wear loose clothing with short sleeves. To minimize the wait time, participants are asked to arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before their scheduled clinic visit time.

Consent forms can be down loaded from the District’s Web site and completed prior to arrival. Doing so will also help to reduce wait time, he said. Participants are asked to bring a completed consent form to clinic. Consent forms will also be available at the clinics.

This year’s seasonal flu vaccine contains all the flu strains which are thought to most likely occur in the United States this flu season, Cooper said. Only one flu vaccination is needed this year to protect against these prominent flu strains, including H1N1, he said.

The seasonal flu vaccine is made from highly purified, egg grown inactivated virus and will not cause people to get the flu, Cooper said.

Most people have no side effects from influenza vaccines, he said. Flu shots are given by injection into the muscle of the upper arm. This may cause soreness for a day or two at the injection site and occasionally may also cause a fever or an ache for one or two days, he said.

A fee of $32 will be charged for the seasonal flu vaccine. Medicare (Part B), Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield and checks/cash will be accepted.

Those who are covered by these health care plans must bring their cards to the clinic. Those who may be covered by other health insurance plans must pay with cash.

For additional information or registration, visit the Health District’s Web site or call Monica Wheeler at (203)227-9571 ext. 242.

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