Stratford flu shot clinic to have a Star Wars theme

October 1, 2018

STRATFORD — The Stratford Health Department is sponsoring a flu clinic on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Birdseye Municipal Complex Gymnasium, 468 Birdseye St. This year’s flu clinic will have a Star Wars theme and it’ll be open to children, adults and seniors

“Due to the severe flu season we encountered last year we strongly encourage individuals of all ages to get their flu shot this season,” states Bernice Bova, public health nurse for the Stratford Health Department, “our themed clinics allow families to receive their flu shot in a fun and hassle-free way.”

Bova said that plans are still being made for the clinic.

“We’ll have some of our people dressed up in Star Wars costumes and we’ll have Star Wars goodie bags for the kids,” she said. “There will be other surprises too.”

There’s still no word on whether Jabba the Hutt will make an appearance, she said.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 1918 influenza pandemic that took an estimated 675,000 lives in the U.S. It was the most severe pandemic in recent history, sweeping the globe quickly and killing more than 50 million people. And last year was one of the worst in 40 years, with about 80,000 flu-related deaths in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control.

On average, 26,600 people die each year from the flu in the U.S.

There are no appointments necessary. Vaccines will be given on a first come, first served basis. The clinic will offer the standard (quadrivalent) flu vaccine for ages 6 months and above, as well as the high-dose vaccine (trivalent) for individuals over 65 years of age. Parents or guardians must accompany their children.

Insurances accepted for flu vaccines include Medicare Part B, Anthem BC/BS, Connecticare, Husky, Aetna, and Cigna. All others will be charged a $40 fee for the standard flu vaccine and $70 for the high dose flu vaccine, payable by cash or check. The clinic will not accept United Healthcare nor Oxford insurance plans.

For more information, call the Stratford Health Department at 203-385-4090.

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