The second in a series of seasonal flu clinics sponsored by Mass Dispensing Area 36 — Cromwell, Durham, Middlefield and Middletown health departments — is Oct. from 12 noon to 8 p.m. in the Middletown City Hall Council Chamber.
In order to receive the vaccine, participants must be at least 4 years of age and in good health. Private insurance, including Medicare, will be accepted but copayment will not be required (please bring your insurance card).
Louis Carta, Middletown Health Department Community Health Educator, says although last year flu clinics were offered at no cots to these communities, this year influenza shots have increased in price. "We're hoping the insurance companies will defer the costs so we can buy more later in the season."
He expects the number of flu cases to be normal this year and the typical season runs from about now through April, peaking in about February. He says he's not aware of any cases being reported so far this year in Middletown.
Those without insurance coverage may still be able to receive a vaccination at no charge. The vaccine will be administered by injection only (flu mist is not available) on a first-come-first-served basis (appointments will not be accepted). Residency is not required.
For more information, residents of Cromwell call (860) 632-3426; Durham (860) 349-8253; Middlefield (860) 349-7123 and Middletown (860) 638-4976.