Health Department offers flu shots
With flu season around the corner the Trumbull Health Department wants to remind residents about the importance of receiving a flu vaccine. While current United States flu activity is low, some flu viruses circulate during the summer and flu activity often begins increasing in October.
Most seasonal flu activity typically occurs between October and May. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the United States between December and February. It’s important to note after receiving the flu vaccine it takes up to two weeks for the body to build immunity against the flu. Therefore, it is important not to receive a flu vaccine too early or too late into the season. Ideally the vaccine should be most effective during the peak months for flu.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older by the end of October, if possible. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses and prevent flu-related hospitalizations. Flu vaccines have been updated for the 2016-17 season.
The Trumbull Health Department will be giving flu shots on a walk-in basis. Call 203-452-1030 for hours.
The following insurance is accepted:
Aetna Medicare Advantage
Anthem Blue Card POS Plan
Anthem Blue Care Plan
Anthem Blue Cross / Blue Shield
CIGNA Open Access
Connecticare - Commercial
Connecticare Exchange / CBI
Connecticare VIP Medicare
Medicare Part B
United Healthcare - Commerical
United Healthcare - Oxford
For those without the above insurance the standard seasonal flu vaccine cost is: $30 (cash/check)
For those 65 years and older, we have the High Dose flu vaccine. The cost is $50 for those without insurance coverage.
Take precautions to prevent against the flu: Residents should wash their hands often, cover mouth and nose when sneezing, stay home if sick and get a flu shot.
For any additional information call the Health Department at 203-452-1030.