There’s still time to get a flu shot

The nurses with Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County have given flu shots to hundreds of people in Wilton and neighboring towns in advance of the flu season.

A flu shot clinic at Wilton Library on Monday, Oct. 17, was the fifth offered in town this fall, and there are three more opportunities to get a shot locally from the nursing agency:

  • Saturday, Oct. 22,  at the Riverbrook Regional YMCA, 404 Danbury Road, from 1 until 3.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the Wilton Senior Center, 180 School Road, from 10 until 11:30.

  • Saturday, Nov. 5, at Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, from 3:30 until 5.

The nursing agency will also hold additional flu clinics at its offices at 761 Main Avenue, Suite 114, in iPark at the intersection of Kent Road and Route 7 on the Wilton/Norwalk town line. These clinics will be held every Wednesday afternoon from 3:30 until 5, through Nov. 23.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the flu season starts in October and peaks from December through March, although it can last into May. Most experts believe flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. Symptoms may include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, and fatigue.

This year’s vaccine is a quadrivalent, meaning it protects against four strains of flu. The high-dose vaccine protects against three strains.

Anyone 4 years of age or older may receive the seasonal flu vaccine at these clinics and there is no residency requirement.

All flu clinics are conducted on a first-come, first-served basis and appointments are not necessary. Persons under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

The cost of the vaccine is $45 for the regular dose and $60 for the high dose. Cash or check will be accepted or it can be billed directly to Medicare Part B, Aetna, Anthem, Connecticare, Fallon, Harvard Pilgrim, Multi Plan, Unicare, Wellcare or HealthyCT.  Please bring your insurance card with you to the flu clinic.  

Those wishing to receive the flu vaccine are encouraged to wear short sleeves or sleeves that are easy to roll up.   

For information, call the Flu Hotline at 203-834-6341, ext. 444.