Middletown- The kick off to flu shot season

- FILE - Flublok
- FILE - Flublok

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) —  Health officials and community leaders kicked off flu shot season at the city’s senior center in Middletown. Community leaders from Cromwell, Durham, Middlefield, and Middletown joined together to talk about the importance of getting Flu shots.

Karen Pagliaro with Hartford HealthCare at Home said, “Typically when we see flu cases begin sometime in November with a peak in February.” Nurses said fall is a good time to get the flu shot.

And the flu shot will last a good six months. So you’ll still be covered in February.

Pagliaro added, “It does take two weeks for the antibodies to get your body set to fight the flu.” Pagliaro told News 8, “people can get fever a sore throat, aches and pains and true body muscle aches.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control the flu vaccination can reduce flu illness and doctor’s visits. The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older.

Seniors waited in line to get Flublok. Susan Manganello who is Director of Medical Services with Protein Sciences said, “It’s not made with virus. It doesn’t have any of the chemicals in it. It’s a pure choice. It’s doesn’t have the virus in it. It doesn’t have the harsh chemicals that make people feel ill.” Health care officials said it’s important to get the flu shot especially for seniors. Pagliaro said, “Getting the flu shot is really giving them extra protection.”

  • October 4: City Hall Council Chamber, 245 deKoven Drive, Middletown
  • October 11: Westfield Fire Station, 653 East Street, Middletown
  • October 18: City Hall Council Chamber, 245 deKoven Drive, Middletown
  • October 25: Town Hall Gymnasium, 41 West Street, Cromwell
  • November 1: South District Fire Station, 445 Randolph Road, Middletown
  • November 8: Activity Center (2nd floor), 350 Main Street, Durham

Participants are encouraged to save time by downloading and completing the Immunization Consent at: cromwellct.com; townofdurhamct.org; middlefieldct.org; or middletownct.gov.

For more information about Flublock vaccine, visit: Flublock.com

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