The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months get a flu shot every year. The Flu is a serious contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes death. A flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. Get vaccinated to avoid getting the flu/giving the flu to your family and friends! Click here to view tips on preventing the flu.
Each year the Town of Glastonbury Health Department (GHD) offers multiple clinics to provide the influenza vaccine to town residents and this year, clinics will be held at the dates/times below. Please bring a completed consent form, photo ID, and insurance card with you to the clinic. Accepted insurance plans are listed below.
For information on future flu clinics, please call the Glastonbury Health Department at (860) 652-7534.
|Tues. Oct 9th||Academy Cafeteria (2143 Main St)||1:00 pm - 5:00 pm||Ages 4+|
|Tues. Oct 23rd||Academy Cafeteria (2143 Main St)||1:00 pm - 5:00 pm||Ages 4+|
|Thurs. Nov. 8th||Academy Cafeteria (2143 Main St)||3:00 pm - 7:00 pm||Ages 4+|
Partner: Healthy Choices/FastVax Program
- Nurses from Hartford HealthCare at Home will be administering vaccinations
- Immunizing ages 4 years & up (any child 4 -9 years old must have already had their first full 2-dose course of vaccination)
- Insurances accepted:
- Medicare—Aetna, Anthem (BCBS) and ConnectiCare Medicare Advantage plans
- Standard Plans—Aetna, Anthem (BCBS), Cigna & ConnectiCare
The above plans cover all 3 types of vaccine
- Self –Pay (checks to Hartford HealthCare at Home or exact cash)
- Flublok $75
- Flucelvax & Fluarix $42
Insurance questions can be directed to Hartford HealthCare at Home 860-493-7158
Vaccines Available at GHD Clinics (all are Quadrivalent)
Flublok (18 years & older)—does not contain thimerosal, antibiotics, egg protein, latex or gluten
Flucelvax (4 years & older)—does not contain thimerosal or antibiotics
Fluarix (6 months & older)—does not contain thimerosal
Flu Mist will not be available
2018-19 Flu Vaccine Composition Quadrivalent
A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1) pdm09-like virus
A/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019/2016 (H3N2)-like virus
B/Colorado/06/2017-like (B/Victoria lineage) virus
B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (B/Yamagata lineage) virus
When to get vaccinated?
“As with many things in life, timing is everything. Getting it too early may not protect you throughout the flu season. Seasonal outbreaks can occur as early as October. But influenza activity usually peaks in January or after. It takes approximately two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop, so the CDC recommends it is best to get vaccinated before an outbreak. But getting it too early may not provide adequate protection if exposed to the flu virus later in the season. Plan on getting your shot in the last two weeks of October. Getting vaccinated in August through mid-September is too early, especially for older adults.”
The CDC is recommending that people get their flu shot by the end of October.
Even though not perfect, getting the flu vaccine is your best defense against getting the flu and potentially spreading it to others. The 2017-18 season was especially severe, dominated by the Influenza A (H3N2) virus. There were 178 influenza-associated pediatric deaths reported for the 2017-18 season, as of May 31, 2018. This is the highest number of pediatric deaths reported in four years.
Information about Flu Mist
Flu Mist is a quadrivalent live, attenuated (weakened) influenza vaccine (LAIV4), which is given by intranasal spray to healthy people ages 2 – 49 years. The nasal spray vaccine is not recommended for children under 2 years or children with chronic medical conditions like asthma.
In February 2018, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) decided to make LAIV4 (Flu Mist) available for the 2018-19 season, based on indirect study data from the manufacturer MedImmune, a subsidiary of AstraZeneca, suggesting their new formulation would be effective because they had replaced the influenza A (H1N1) component with a more effective component for the upcoming flu season.
** The American Academy of Pediatrics advises parents to choose the flu shot.
“AAP finds the inactivated influenza vaccine to be more consistently effective against most strains of flu, but says the nasal vaccine may be a last resort for kids who otherwise will not be vaccinated.” The AAP recommends families talk with their pediatrician if they have any questions about their child’s immunizations.