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Monroe providing flu shots for kids

January 13, 2019

The Monroe Health Department is again providing flu vaccinations for children by appointment. “We are pleased that through our partnership with the Connecticut Vaccine Program, we can offer this program at a reduced cost to parents,” said First Selectman Kenneth Kellogg in a news release. “In fact, those with financial hardship may be eligible for vaccination of their children at no cost.”

Vaccine is available for those 6 months through 18 years old. Monroe health director Nancy Brault strongly encourages all Monroe residents over the age of 6 months to get a flu shot.

Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness that is spread through the air and by direct contact with respiratory droplets. Typical symptoms of the flu include sudden fever, aching muscles, sore throat, coughing, runny nose, headache, and eye pain. While anyone, particularly individuals who are not vaccinated, can contract the flu, the illness is especially dangerous for children.

According to the state Department of Public Health, this flu season in Connecticut, 1,039 people have tested positive for the illness, 377 have been hospitalized due to it, and six people have died from flu-associated illness.

To schedule an appointment to get your child vaccinated, call the Monroe Health Department at 203-452-2818.

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