Flu season is officially here, and Housatonic Valley Health District’s (HVHD) is encouraging residents to get their flu shot to remain healthy and safe. HVHD has hosted flu and COVID-19 vaccine community clinics at area schools, town halls, and senior centers since early September, in addition to their regular office hours. HVHD is expanding the number of walk-in flu shot clinics starting Tuesday, November 1st and will offer both the flu vaccine and COVID-19 bivalent booster vaccines.
Walk-in clinics will be held on Tuesdays from 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm at their Southbury Clinic Location (77 Main Street N, Southbury, CT 06488) and on Wednesdays from 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm at their New Milford Clinic Location (2 Pickett District Road, New Milford, CT 06776). Appointments are suggested but not required.
Lisa Morrissey, Director of Health at HVHD, states, “Seasonal respiratory viruses have been on the rise, and we do expect that this flu season will be worse than last year’s, based on early data from the CDC as well as activity in Australia. Although Australia is half a world away, its flu season is sometimes used as a predictor for our own. We all should be taking precautions to protect ourselves from respiratory illness, whether it’s the flu, common cold, or COVID-19, by staying up to date with vaccinations, practicing hand hygiene, and staying home when sick. Flu vaccines are recommended for anyone 6 months and older unless otherwise directed by a physician.”
HVHD Walk-in Flu Shot Clinics are as follows:
- Tuesday, November 1 from 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm at the Southbury Clinic Location (77 Main Street N)
- Wednesday, November 2 from 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm at the New Milford Clinic Location (2 Pickett District Road)
- Tuesday, November 8 from 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm at the Southbury Clinic Location (77 Main Street N)
- Wednesday, November 9 from 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm at the New Milford Clinic Location (2 Pickett District Road)
- Tuesday, November 15 from 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm at the Southbury Clinic Location (77 Main Street N)
- Wednesday, November 16 from 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm at the New Milford Clinic Location (2 Pickett District Road)
To learn more about HVHD’s upcoming flu clinics or schedule an appointment, visit (https://hvhdct.gov/immunizations/flu-vaccinations/). If you have any questions about our upcoming clinics, you can contact the Housatonic Valley Health District by calling 203-264-9616 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Housatonic Valley Health District serves New Milford, Oxford, Southbury, Washington, and Woodbury. The Housatonic Valley Health District’s mission is to create better health outcomes and promote the highest attainable standard of health. It accomplishes this through three principles: prevention, education, and outreach. HVHD prevents disease, injury, and disability for its communities through regular inspections of public and private businesses and homes to ensure conditions exist where people can be healthy. HVHD uses education to inform the public and health practitioners on public health best practices, policy information, and the impacts and methods of prevention for the spread of communicable diseases. HVHD conducts outreach to engage their communities that experience obstacles in accessing the public health services they need, deliver vaccines to the community, and advocate for needed and beneficial health policies.