The CDC reports that flu activity continues to increase throughout the nation and is wide-spread in Connecticut. The Westport Weston Health District still has vaccine available and if you have not received your annual flu vaccination, you are encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible! Mark Cooper, Director of Health for the Westport Weston Health District said “the flu season will peak around February and March but the season can continue until May, so it is not too late to get vaccinated!” And Monica Wheeler, RN noted that the District has seen a significant spike in locally reported cases!
WWHD continues to offer the injectable vaccine for persons 3 years and older, and the high dose vaccine for persons 65 years and older, both preservative-free. Recent studies endorsed by the CDC have found that the standard flu vaccine tended to wear off more quickly in older adults and that the high dose vaccine has been shown to improve the production of antibodies, thus providing a stronger immune response.
The injectable flu vaccine for those under 65 years of age is quadrivalent, which means it
contains four influenza strains; two influenza A and two influenza B strains. The high-dose flu vaccine for those over 65 years of age is a trivalent vaccine and contains two influenza A strains and one influenza B strain.
The most important issue is to get vaccinated! According to Mr. Cooper, “Getting your annual flu shot is the best way to protect yourself from getting sick from the flu virus and prevent spreading it to others.”
The cost for seasonal vaccine is $45 and high-dose is $65 cash, MasterCard or Visa. We accept Medicare Part B, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna, and Connecticare insurances. Participants must bring their insurance cards to the clinic for billing purposes.
To schedule an appointment, call 203.227.9571 ext. 231.