Flu shots prove popular

A steady stream of people — from children to senior citizens — made their way to the Rimer Room at Wilton Library for flu shots on Monday, Oct. 16. Nurses from Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County were happy to accommodate them.

The next opportunity to get a flu shot in Wilton will be Saturday, Oct. 21, from 1 to 3 at the Wilton YMCA on Danbury Road. The flu clinic is open to everyone in the community.

Two types of flu shots are being offered. A high-dose vaccine is available to those 65 and older. It protects against three strains of flu: A/Michigan, A/Hong Kong, and B/Brisbane.

The quadrivalent vaccine given to everyone age 6 to 65 protects against those three strains as well as B/Phuket.

“We will offer the vaccines [in clinics] through November,” said Katherine Lasberg, the nursing agency’s community health coordinator. Those who cannot make a clinic in town may visit the agency’s offices in I-Park on Main Avenue in Norwalk on Wednesday afternoons, from 3:30 to 5, through Nov. 15. After that, immunizations will be available throughout the winter, but it is advisable to call first to ensure a nurse will be in the office.

Lasberg said the vaccine is in plentiful supply right now, although it is still early in the season.

The cost of the vaccine is $50 for the regular dose and $68 for the high dose. Cash or check will be accepted, or it may be billed directly to Medicare Part B, Aetna, Anthem, Connecticare, Harvard Pilgrim, Multi Plan, or Wellcare.

Information: 203-762-8958.