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Stamford Promotes Flu Prevention

City, Stamford Hospital kick off annual campaign

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Stamford, CT | Added on September 23, 2014 At 12:29 PM

It causes coughing, high fever, body aches and extreme fatigue -- but there's one way Stamford Hospital says you can fight the flu.

"The best approach is prevention and one aspect of prevention, the most important I think, is vaccination," said Dr. Michael Parry, the Thomas Bradsell Chair of Infectious Disease at Stamford Hospital.  

The hospital and the Stamford Department of Health and Social Services kicked off its annual campaign, encouraging residents to get their flu shots and practice healthy habits.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends the vaccine for everyone six months of age and older.  Today, many in the community including Mayor Martin and city residents lined up to get theirs.  

Vaccination clinics will be set up in the Stamford Government Center and Stamford Hospital's Tully Health Center:

Stamford Government Center Lobby, 888 Washington Blvd.

September 23: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thursdays, September 25-November 20: 12 noon to 2 p.m.

Mondays, September 29-October 27: 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Stamford Hospital's Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court

Thursdays, September 25-October 23: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Mondays, September 29-October 27: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This year, both sites are offering a quadrivalent vaccine.  Dr. Parry says a quadrivalent vaccine includes four different strains of influenza within the vaccine, but he says it's exactly the same flu shot.  

All vaccines are preservative and latex free.  Vaccines available at Tully include nasal Flumist, as well as a high-potency vaccine option for people 65 years of age and older.   It's $40 for the quadrivalent flu shot and Flumist and $50 for the high potency shot.

Call the hospital's flu hotline for more information at (203) 276-4948.  

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