Flu shots to be available Tuesday at Shelton Health and Wellness Fair

The Naugatuck Valley Health District (NVHD) will offer influenza vaccine clinics to Valley residents in September, October and November.

Flu vaccination — with the shot or nasal spray — is recommended for everyone 6 months of age or older.

Flu shots will be available on Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 9-11 a.m. at the Shelton Senior Center, 81 Wheeler St., during the Senior Health and Wellness Fair.

Another clinic will take place at the Shelton Senior Center on Thursday, Oct. 30 from 9-10 a.m. No appointments are necessary for this clinic.

Flu vaccine will also be available by appointment during the district's immunization clinics every Tuesday from 1- 3 p.m. in October at the NVHD office, 98 Bank St., Seymour. Pre-registration is required for the district office clinics.

Children needing flu shots will be accommodated by appointment at regularly scheduled immunization clinics at the NVHD office.

Health insurance and fees

The Health District accepts Aetna, Cigna, ConnectiCare, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare Part B (bring proper insurance cards). It does not accept Medicare Advantage plans, Oxford or United HealthCare.

The cost of the flu vaccine for those with other forms of insurance is $20 for the trivalent vaccine, $30 for the quadrivalent vaccine, and $40 for the high-dose vaccine for those age 65 and older. Acceptable forms of payment are cash and debit or credit card.

All clinic attendees should wear loose fitting clothes with short sleeves.

Elderly homebound

Elderly homebound persons who cannot attend any of the clinics may contact the NVHD at 203-881-3255 to make arrangements for a nurse to administer the vaccine at home. Certain days scheduled for each NVHD town, so call for an appointment.

The NVHD can be reached at 203-881-3255 and serves Shelton, Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Naugatuck and Seymour. Learn more at www.nvhd.org.

Three viruses targeted

All of the 2014-15 influenza vaccine is made to protect against the following three viruses:

— A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)

— A/Texas/50/2012 (H3N2)

— B/Massachusetts/2/2012

Some of the 2014-2015 flu vaccine also protects against an additional B virus (B/Brisbane/60/2008).

Other NVHD clinics in area

Other scheduled clinics (no appointments necessary) in the area are:

— Naugatuck Senior Center on Thursday Sept. 25 from 9-10:30 a.m.

— Seymour Senior Center on Thursday, Oct. 2 from 9-10:30 a.m.

— Senior Health Fair at Warsaw Park in Ansonia on Thursday, Oct. 16 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

— Ansonia Senior Center on Tuesday, Oct. 21 from 9-10:30 a.m.

— Derby Senior Center on Thursday, Oct. 23 from 10-11:30 a.m.

— Beacon Falls Senior Center on Tuesday, Oct. 28 from 9-10 a.m.