2019 Flu Shot Clinics

November 7, 2019 - The Trumbull Health Department has more standard dose and high-dose flu vaccine back in stock.  We have a very limited supply, so be sure to call us at 203-452-1030 to schedule an appointment.  Vaccines are available for those on a wait list and a first-come, first-served basis.  

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November 6, 2019 -- The Trumbull Health Department is currently out of its flu vaccine supply.  We are working with other health departments to acquire more vaccine, if available.  The Trumbull Health Department is expecting a shipment of high-dose flu vaccine for those 65 years and older on November 20th.  If you are interested in receiving the high-dose vaccine, please call the Trumbull Health Department at 203-452-1030 and leave your information to be placed on the waiting list.  Flu vaccines can be obtained at pharmacy clinics such as CVS and Walgreens.  If the Trumbull Health Department receives more doses of flu vaccine, we will make this information available on our websites. 

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The Trumbull Health Department will be offering flu shots on a walk-in basis at the Health Department located at 335 White Plains Road. Please call 203-452-1030 for walk-in hours, or read this General Flu Clinic Flyer (PDF).

Please bring this completed Influenza Vaccine Consent Form (PDF) with you.

The Health Department only accepts: Aetna, Aetna Medicare Advantage, Medicare B, Oxford, & United Healthcare.

For those without the above insurance, the cost is:

  • $30 (cash/check) Standard Flu Vaccine
  • $50 (cash/check) High Dose Flu Vaccine

What is Influenza (also called Flu)?

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.

Signs and Symptoms of Flu

People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (very tired)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

How Flu Spreads

Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or possibly their nose.

Period of Contagiousness

You may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others for an even longer time.

Onset of Symptoms

The time from when a person is exposed to flu virus to when symptoms begin is about 1 to 4 days, with an average of about 2 days.

Complications of Flu

Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes.

People at High Risk from Flu

Anyone can get the flu (even healthy people), and serious problems related to the flu can happen at any age, but some people are at high risk of developing serious flu-related complications if they get sick. This includes people 65 years and older, people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), pregnant women, and young children.

Preventing Flu

The first and most important step in preventing flu is to get a flu vaccination each year. CDC also recommends everyday preventive actions (like staying away from people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes and frequent handwashing) to help slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory (nose, throat, and lungs) illnesses, like flu.

Diagnosing Flu

It is very difficult to distinguish the flu from other viral or bacterial causes of respiratory illnesses on the basis of symptoms alone. There are tests available to diagnose flu. For more information, see Diagnosing Flu.

Treating

There are influenza antiviral drugs that can be used to treat flu illness.

For more information, see “Seasonal Influenza, More Information.”