Bridgeport health department hosts flu clinics

October 30, 2018 GMT

In response to the recent flu deaths in Connecticut, the City of Bridgeport Health Department is allowing any adult Bridgeport resident without insurance to get a flu shot at the Communicable Disease Clinic, 752 East Main St. on Tuesdays and Fridays between 1 and 3 p.m. for $20. Residents with insurance can present their insurance card to any CVS or Walgreens pharmacy and get the flu vaccine for free.

With the mission of preventing the spread of the flu, Bridgeport Health Director Maritza Bond is encouraging residents to get vaccinated. “The Fight the Flu campaign is an initiative we push every year. Last year, the flu season was severe. We have seen the highest number of cases within the last five years. We want to make sure our residents are taking preventive measures by getting vaccinated and seeing a doctor at the first sign of symptoms,” said Bond in a news release.

Symptoms of the flu usually start suddenly, they include: fever, aching muscles, sore throat, headaches, feeling tired, runny and stuffy nose, and coughing.

According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health, two flu-associated deaths have been reported during this current season. A total of 23 people have been hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed influenza between Aug. 26 and Oct. 20.

If you are without insurance and are experiencing financial hardships, call the Bridgeport Health Department at 203-576-7468 to see if you are eligible for a free vaccine. For more information on flu prevention, go to BridgeportCT.gov/FighttheFlu.