Mayor Joseph P. Ganim
For Immediate Release
October 30, 2018
For More Information:
Dalmarys Matos (203) 576-7201
City of Bridgeport Health Department Hosting Adult Flu Clinics Tuesdays & Fridays
Health Director Maritza Bond Urging Residents to Fight The Flu!
Bridgeport, CT – In response to the recent flu deaths in Connecticut, the City of Bridgeport Health Department is urging residents to Fight the Flu! Any adult resident without insurance can get a flu shot at the Communicable Disease Clinic, 752 East Main Street on Tuesdays and Fridays between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 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, 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 Health Director Bond.
Symptoms of the flu usually start suddenly, they include: fever, aching muscles, sore throat, headaches, feeling tired, runny and stuffy nose, and coughing. People are more contagious before symptoms appear. The time from when a person is exposed to the flu virus and infected to the time symptoms develop averages about 2 days.
According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH), two flu-associated deaths have been reported during this current season. A total of 23 hospitalized patients with laboratory- confirmed influenza have been admitted between August 26 and October 20, 2018. For the most recent information about influenza activity in Connecticut, please go to the DPH website.
If you are without insurance and are experiencing financial hardships, please 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.