STAMFORD, Conn. — Stamford Hospital and the city kicked off the 14th annual “Fight the Flu” campaign with city officials and community members getting their flu shots at the Stamford Government Center Tuesday morning.
“Influenza is a disease we don’t want to think about,” said Dr. Michael Parry, Stamford Hospital’s director of infectious diseases and microbiology. He added that last year 50 people were diagnosed with the flu at Stamford Hospital compared to about 300 the year before.
The campaign offers people several chances to get the shot, which will protect them against two major strains of seasonal flu and the H1N1 virus, around the city for $30, a news release said. Seniors over 65-years-old can also choose to have a high potency Fluzone shot for $40, the release said.
“It is the single best way to prevent the flu,” said Anne Fountain, the city’s director of health and social services, adding that people should also take proper care of themselves as well to further avoid the disease.
One flu shot will last the entire season.
Primary Medicare B is an acceptable form of payment, Managed Medicare is not accepted, officials said.
Vaccinations will be available at the Stamford Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd., Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Thursdays from 12 to 2 p.m., and at the Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court, Mondays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Tuesdays from 4 to 8 p.m., the release said.
Stamford’s Jewish Community Center, 1035 Newfield Ave., will also offer flu shots at the annual Senior Health Fair, Oct. 16 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
For more information call the hospital’s flu hotline at 203-276-4948.