Flu activity was lower during the 2021-22 flu season in the U.S. and globally compared to seasons prior to the pandemic. The low activity may have been due to a combination of flu vaccination efforts and COVID-19 prevention actions like masking recommendations, hand washing, physically distancing and reduced travel. We know that seasonal influenza activity will continue increasing in the coming weeks and months.
The SARS-CoV-2 virus that caused the pandemic continues to circulate worldwide along with the ongoing threat of the Omicron variant and other virulent strains. Flu viruses and COVID-19 viruses are highly contagious and present a severe threat to the public’s health.
Annual vaccination is the best way to protect against severe illness due to influenza.
The CT Department of Public Health (DPH) and CT Immunization Coalition will partner with Local Health Departments to provide a list of flu clinics around the state (see schedule below). You can also visit vaccines.gov to find a clinic offering influenza vaccination in your area. DPH strongly recommends that persons 6 months of age and older get a flu shot. Several local health departments and districts plan to offer vaccinations to children and adults.
Check with your local health department and districts for the 2022 fee for a flu shot. The fee may vary depending on the type of vaccine. Many insurance companies cover the cost of the flu shot. Bring a current insurance card to the vaccination clinic.