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Milford Schedules Free Flu Shot Clinic

An increased number of flu cases has prompted the clinic.

A flu shot clinic will be Monday in Milford. Credit: Patch file photo
A flu shot clinic will be Monday in Milford. Credit: Patch file photo

Milford will hold another free flu shot clinic Monday, due to an increased number of cases of influenza.

The clinic is from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the Milford Senior Center and is coordinated by the Milford Board of Health and the VNA and Hospice of Greater Milford.

The clinic is free and open to anyone who is 6 months or older. Please bring an insurance card if you have it, because the town can get reimbursed for the cost of the vaccine and the expense of administering it.

According to the Board of Health, flu is a virus that can be spread by coughing, sneezing or nasal secretions, according to a news release. The symptoms of flu include: fever or chills, cough, headache, sore throat, muscle aches and fatigue and a runny or stuffy nose.

Young people, people 65 and older, pregnant women, and people with certain health conditions — such as heart, lung or kidney disease or a weakened immune system, can get much sicker with the flu. Flu can cause high fevers, pneumonia, and make existing medical conditions much worse. In children, where the rates of infection are often higher, it can cause high fevers, diarrhea and seizures. By getting the flu vaccine you protect not only yourself from getting the flu, you also help to keep it from spreading to those you live, work and play with.

At the clinics, children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and we ask that anyone receiving a vaccination wear clothing that allows for easy access to their arm for vaccine administration. Please speak to your pediatrician if you have any concerns about the influenza vaccine for your child.

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