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.
Annual Flu Clinics
Each year the Town of Glastonbury Health Department (GHD) offers multiple clinics to provide the influenza vaccine to town residents, which are typically held in October and/or November. Dates for each respective year will be posted as soon as they have been solidified.
2019 Dates: The Glastonbury Health Department held 3 Flu Clinic for 2019 on October 1st and 15th, and November 12th.
For information on future flu clinics, please call the Glastonbury Health Department at (860) 652-7534.
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.”
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.