Town sponsors free senior flu clinic Friday
East Hartford - posted Oct, 29 2013
EAST HARTFORD - Local health officials urge residents age 55 and older, who have not yet received the flu vaccine, to consider getting one on Friday, Nov. 1, at the South End Senior Center. The East Hartford Department of Health is holding a free flu clinic from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the center’s location at 70 Canterbury St., East Hartford. Proof of age and residence is required. Ninety percent of deaths during a typical seasonal flu season occur in people older than 65. But even though seniors are especially at high risk, 66 percent of them receive the vaccine, and this number is diminishing. In addition to the flu vaccine, people should practice frequent hand washing, use waterless hand cleaners when water is unavailable, avoid those who are ill, stay at home if sick with the flu and practice cough/sneeze etiquette (i.e., cough/sneeze into bend of elbow). Prescription antiviral medicines are available for use in certain circumstances. Call 860-291-7324 for information.