Influenza (flu) vaccine is now available through the Meriden Department of Health and Human Services.
A flu clinic for Meriden seniors will be held on Wednesday, September 29, from 9:00am to 11:00am at the Meriden Senior Center, 22 West Main Street. Parking is on Hanover Street (rear of building). Appointments are required for this clinic; please call the Meriden Senior Center at 203-237-0066.
In October, the Department will hold flu shot clinics for Meriden residents every Wednesday from 3:00pm to 6:00pm at the Meriden Senior Center. Appointments are required for these clinics; please call 203-630-4221.
The Department accepts Medicare, Medicaid, Aetna, Connecticare, and Cigna insurances. Remember to bring your insurance card with you to your appointment. Without insurance the cost of the vaccine is $20 (cash or check only). There is no charge for Meriden residents age 18 and under.
Do not attend a vaccine clinic if you are feeling sick, are under isolation due to COVID-19 diagnosis, or if you have been told to quarantine by your local health department.
Vaccination is the most effective way to protect yourself, and others, from the flu.
In addition to getting the flu vaccine there are ways to avoid the flu this year and stay healthy:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick, too.
- Stay home when you are sick. Stay home from work and running errands.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
- Wash your hands often! If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Seek care early. See your doctor right away if you develop flu symptoms; antiviral medications can help if taken early. Because the symptoms are similar, the only way to know if you have flu or COVID-19 is to get tested.
- Practice other good health habits. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home or work especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
Contact: Lea Crown, Director of Health and Human Services, 203-630-4221, firstname.lastname@example.org