On Friday, October 13, the Norwalk Health Department was thrilled to host state and local officials and partners to help encourage Connecticut residents to get their flu vaccine this Fall.
Norwalk Mayor Harry W. Rilling and Director of Health Deanna D’Amore, MPH, were joined by CT Department of Public Health (DPH) Commissioner Manisha Juthani, MD, and Deputy Commissioner Lisa Morrissey; Senator Bob Duff; State Representative Kadeem Roberts; and Common Council President Gret Burnett to help communicate the importance of flu vaccines and other precautions this respiratory virus season. Other esteemed guests included Norwalk Board of Health members Ken Lalime, RPh; Joan McNeil, MD; and Norman Weinberger, MD; as well as Norwalk First Lady Lucia Rilling.
“Flu season is here, and it’s important that you get a flu shot,” explained Mayor Rilling. “The flu shot helps keep people healthy, and we want to make sure we get the word out and encourage as many people as possible to get their flu shot.”
Commissioner Juthani noted that although flu is still circulating at low levels in CT right now, it’s a great time to get your vaccine and take other precautions.
“We want to be able to take advantage of the opportunity to build up immunity in these weeks in October and November, before the big gatherings, before all the holidays,” she said. “We also want to remember to wash our hands and stay home if you’re sick. These are all ways that we can help protect our community, and if we all do it together, we’re going to be able to keep our community safe in Connecticut this season.”
The flu shot is a great way to help reduce flu illnesses, doctor visits, and hospitalizations caused by the influenza virus. The Norwalk Health Department will hold several community flu clinics this Fall.
2023 Community Flu Clinics
Tuesday, October 24, 5 - 7 pmBrien McMahon High School, 300 Highland Avenue
Thursday, October 26, 10 am - 12 pmNorwalk Senior Center, 11 Allen Road
Most Thursdays in November (11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30), 1 – 3 pmNorwalk Health Department, 137 East Avenue
Appointments are required for all clinics. To make an appointment, visit www.norwalkct.org/flu or call our Vaccine Assistance Line at 203-854-7985.
Each clinic will provide the standard vaccine for anyone 3 years of age and older as well as vaccines designed for those ages 65 and older. (For children ages 6 months to 3 years old, please call the Health Department at 203-854-7776 to make an appointment.)
Individuals can receive their flu shot for free with most insurances. Please bring all your insurance cards with you to the flu clinic. Otherwise, standard flu shots cost $45.00, and 65+ flu shots cost $75.00. No one will be turned away because they are unable to pay.
In addition to getting the annual flu shot, the Health Department encourages residents to also follow these simple steps to stay healthy this winter!
Visit www.norwalkct.gov/flu for more information.