As I said numerous times, this year’s influenza is deadly. So, to help people combat this horrible illness, the state will offer free flu shots this weekend.
NBC Connecticut reports that the state Department of Public Health will sponsor a State Flu Vaccination Day. Local health departments already signed up to offer flu shots at a reduced cost to the public. So, if you don’t have health insurance… no problem! The state plans to sponsor free flu shots to those without health insurance.
Better yet, flu shots will be free to those 18 and younger. Doctors refuse to take any chances this year after a healthy 10-year-old New Canaan boy died last week from the flu. It’s because this particular strain going around hits children a lot harder than normal.
On top of that, influenza already reached ‘widespread’ status rather early this year.
Health officials say the state recorded over 1,300 flu cases so far this season and 21 deaths. But, they say the worst isn’t over yet.
Considering the peak is still a few weeks out, they encourage the public to take advantage of this offer. Commissioner Dr. Raul Pino told NBC:
“For those Connecticut residents who haven’t yet received a flu shot, we hope they will take advantage of these flu clinics. It’s not too late to get protection from the flu this season.”
If you wish to receive a flu shot, bring your insurance card and visit any one of these clinics listed HERE. The state DPH says they’ll only charge those with insurance a small administrative fee.
Again, flu shots are free to those 18 and under and for those who don’t have insurance.