Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut, in collaboration with Ledge Light Health District, will hold "Say 'Boo' to the Flu" clinics at two of their school-based health centers in New London County.
"An outbreak of influenza can be dangerous and scary, especially for kids. As flu season approaches, a flu vaccine is the single best defense against influenza," the agency said in a release. "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine each year to protect against the flu virus.
Both injections and flu mist will be offered at the clinics, which will take place at the following schools:
Tuesday, Nov. 5: Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School, New London, 4 to 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 12: Claude Chester Elementary School, Groton, 4 to 7 p.m.
Children with or without insurance are eligible to get the flu vaccine for free. Adults covered by Anthem, ConnectiCare, CIGNA, and Medicare will be billed. All other adults will be billed $18.
In addition, two certified "Assisters" will be available at the clinics to provide information to residents about how they can access affordable, quality health care coverage through the state’s new Exchange, also known as Access Health CT.
About Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut: Child & Family’s mission is to promote the well-being and development of all children and their families, focusing in particular on the unmet needs of children lacking physical, emotional and intellectual care and nurturing. Programs deal with child abuse prevention, the treatment of family violence, teen pregnancy, children’s health care, childcare, parent education and children’s mental health. Last year families were served in 67 towns in New Haven, Middlesex and New London Counties, the Child & Family Agency service region. Visit our website to learn more, volunteer, or donate: www.childandfamilyagency.org.
About Ledge Light Health District: Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) serves as the local health department for East Lyme, Groton, Ledyard, New London and Waterford, Connecticut. As a health district, formed under Connecticut General Statutes Section 19a-41, LLHD is a special unit of government, allowing member municipalities to provide comprehensive public health services to residents in a more efficient manner by consolidating the services within one organization.