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Posted on: December 6, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Protect Your Health and Help Stop the Spread of Germs this Winter.

The Health Department urges community members to take health precautions and help stop the spread of several serious viruses that are on the rise across Connecticut and around the country.

As the cold weather begins, the Health Department encourages the community to help prevent the spread of flu, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), COVID, and other respiratory viruses by following these actions:

  • Stay up to date on your vaccines, including your flu shot and COVID-19 boosters
  • Wash your hands well and often
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with your arm
  • Disinfect high-touch surfaces
  • Stay home from work and school when you are experiencing symptoms (even if you have a negative COVID test, because other germs can be dangerous, too)
  • Consider wearing a high-quality, well-fitting mask in public, especially if you have symptoms and can’t stay home or if you are around others experiencing symptoms

“Public health officials at the national and state level have warned CT residents to prepare for a serious flu season this year,” explained Deanna D’Amore, MPH, Norwalk Director of Health. “Unfortunately, RSV and COVID are already adding to the problem. We encourage everyone to stay up to date on your vaccines, practice good ‘respiratory etiquette’, and stay home when you’re feeling sick.” 

This week (December 5-9) is National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), a national public health awareness campaign aimed at highlighting the importance of getting the influenza vaccine. An annual flu shot is recommended for everyone six months and older. 

The Health Department offers flu vaccine each Tuesday afternoon (1 pm – 3 pm) at its office (137 East Avenue). COVID boosters are also available at those clinics, while supplies last. Please visit: or call (203) 854-7985 for more information.

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