Health District serving Shelton promotes value of adult immunizations

Naugatuck Valley Health District (NVHD), which serves Shelton, has begun implementing a pilot adult immunization program funded through a 2012 grant from the Katherine Matthies Foundation.

The agency will offer outreach, health education and vaccines to individuals in higher risk population groups, including older individuals, health and childcare workers, and people at risk for blood-borne disease by occupation or lifestyle.

Educational outreach

In cooperation with nursing students from Fairfield and Sacred Heart universities, NVHD public health nurses will provide educational programs and materials at senior centers in its service area.

In addition, information will be provided to childcare facilities and long-term care facilities regarding the availability and importance of adult immunizations.

Employers are being encouraged to share the information with their staff, and in particular with those who may not have received these important vaccines due to lack of insurance or other financial resources.

Vaccines to be offered

The Tdap vaccine protects against tetanus, pertussis and diphtheria, and is recommended for adults who have close contact with young children in order to protect the child from contracting pertussis.

The hepatitis A vaccine is recommended to protect against a serious liver disease that can be spread by close personal contact. The hepatitis B vaccine is recommended for adults at risk for coming into contact with blood or bodily fluids.

Tdap, hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccines will be provided for uninsured adults working in the district’s childcare and long-term care facilities. Vaccines will be given by appointment, and those who do not have insurance are eligible to take part in the pilot immunization program.

About the foundation and Health District

The Katherine Matthies Foundation, established in 1987, supports and promotes educational, human services and healthcare programming for underserved population in the lower Naugatuck Valley.

For more information regarding NVHD’s immunization programs, call the district at 203-881-3255 weekdays from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The Naugatuck Valley Health District office is at 98 Bank St. in Seymour. In addition to Shelton, the agency serves Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Naugatuck and Seymour.