As the country continues to battle one of the worst flu seasons in recorded history, the Fairfield Health Department is urging local residents to get vaccinated for the flu to help curb the spreading of the virus.
The Fairfield Health Department announced that it will be participating in a statewide Flu Vaccination Day, urging all residents to get a flu shot and be a “Kung Flu Fighter.” The flu vaccine will be available in injection form for all residents older than 6 months.
Connecticut has been hit especially hard during this flu season, with 63 reported deaths, including 11 in the past week.
According to the CDC, the flu results in 31.4 million outpatient visits and 200,000 hospitalizations across the country annually. While flu seasons are unpredictable and can vary in severity each year, there are between 3,000 and 49,000 influenza deaths nationwide. This causes an estimated annual $87 billion total economic burden to U.S. businesses.
In Connecticut, there have been more than 1,300 people hospitalized with the flu, including the fatalities. Health officials said that statewide emergency visits attributed to “fever or flu” at 9.7 percent, well above the average of 5 percent in normal years, with officials attributing the spike to an early peak in flu season.
Health officials said that all people 6 months and older are recommended to receive an influenza vaccination each year. Depending on vaccine type available the vaccine will protect against either three or four different influenza viruses. Certain people are at "high risk" of serious complications from seasonal influenza. These include people 65 years and older, children younger than 5 years old, pregnant women, and people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions.
The Flu Clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Public Health Nursing Office on Monta Terrace in Fairfield. Health officials warned that due to the recent vaccine demand, this may be the last flu clinic of the season as supplies dwindle.
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