Flu

Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It spreads around the United States every year, usually between October and May. The best way to reduce the risk of the flu and its potentially serious complications is by getting the flu vaccine each year.

The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine every season with rare exceptions. Vaccination is particularly important for people who are at higher risk of serious complications from influenza. This includes 65 years old and older, people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), and pregnant people with children younger than 2 years old.

Prevention

Even though how well the vaccine works does vary from year to year, the flu vaccine remains the single best tool we have in preventing flu infections, flu-related hospitalizations, and flu-related deaths. Following other basic healthy habits like cleaning your hands often with warm soapy water or an alcohol-based sanitizer, avoiding touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unclean hands, and covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow when you cough or sneeze can also help prevent the spread of flu.

Even when flu vaccination does not prevent illness entirely it has been shown in several studies to reduce the severity of illness in people who get vaccination but still get sick.

Flu Vaccine Clinic 

Ledge Light Health District will host a free walk-in Flu Vaccine Clinic on Monday, December 5, 2022, from 4 to 6 pm at the Hispanic Alliance of Southeastern Connecticut (170 State Street, New London). Regular quadrivalent flu shots will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at no cost for adults 18 years and older. The high-dose flu vaccine recommended for seniors is not being offered at this clinic.

All participants must wear a mask and practice social distancing. It is recommended that people wear a tank top, short sleeve shirt, or loose-fitting clothes for easy access to the upper arm.

A flu consent form is required for each participant. Forms can be downloaded below or obtained at the clinic.

No appointment, no ID, or no insurance. If you have any questions, please call us at 860-448-4882.

Flu Vaccine Consent Form

Vaccine Information Sheets


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