STAMFORD, CT – In response to the widespread flu outbreak with enhanced influenza activity, State Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Raul Pino has launched a statewide influenza vaccination campaign. Influenza Vaccination Clinics will be held by participating local Health Departments on January 27, 2018.
The City of Stamford’s Health Department will be hosting Stamford’s FREE influenza clinic for children and adults this Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the Government Center. The clinic will be in the lobby from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. No appointment is needed.
“I urge all residents who have not yet had the flu shot to take advantage of this influenza vaccination program,” said Mayor David Martin, who personally receives the flu shot every year. “The best way to prevent the flu and protect yourself and/or your loved ones is to get the flu vaccine. So please join us on Saturday.”
Flu season begins in late fall, usually peaks in mid to late winter and can continue through early spring. The influenza virus is expected to circulate for many weeks more so the risk of infection is expected to continue.
“When it comes to influenza, no one is completely immune. The vaccine is a safe vaccine with very few side effects,” added Health Director Dr. Jennifer Calder.
Vaccination remains the best method of protection. The CDC continues to recommend the use of the current influenza vaccine as it is effective in reducing the risk of disease, the severity of illness, and the probability of death by 50%.
Aside from the vaccine, the CDC recommends that people take their own steps to avoid the flu. This includes taking everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs such as avoiding close contact with people who are sick, if sick limiting contact with others as much as possible, covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and frequently washing your hands.
If residents are feeling sick with flu like symptoms they should seek medical attention. If you get the flu, antiviral drugs prescribed by your doctor can be used to treat your illness.
Residents with any questions can call 203-977-5385, Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.