Health Director Wendy Mis is always looking for creative ways of getting the message out to people about flu shots.
Last year, the town hosted a drive-through flu clinic where people stayed in their cars, stuck out their arm and got a shot. Next weekend, at the Apple Harvest Festival, people can ride the Ferris wheel, eat a corn dog or slice of apple pie — and get a flu shot.
“It’s all about getting the message out and capturing people’s attention about getting the flu shot,” Mis said. “We want to make sure it is convenient for people. With people as busy as they are, we want to give them options. We want to be at places to make things simple for them.”
The health department, in partnership with Health Choices Program, will host a Fastvax mobile flu clinic on Oct. 14 and 15 at the Apple Harvest Festival. Anyone 4-years-old and older can come to the van between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday for their shots. The van will be staffed with licensed professionals and parked at the Riverfront Community Center, next to the festival.
“It’s going to be highly visible and really send a message that people should get their flu shots whether it is at the festival or at one of our clinics. It’s all a good reminder that the flu vaccine is available and a good thing to do,” she said.
Anyone interested in the shot should bring an insurance card, identification and a signed consent form. The form can be downloaded from the town website — www.glastonbury-ct.gov/flushot — and taken to the clinic. Forms also can also be filled out at the festival.
Mis said staff will administer the Flublok quadrivalent influenza vaccine for those 18 years of age and up. Flublok is manufactured using modern recombinant DNA technology, and is not cultured in eggs and contains no egg proteins or gluten. It also does not contain thimerosal, antibiotics or latex. For those 4-17 years old, Flucelvax (egg and preservative free) and Fluarix will be available.
The Healthy Choices program, formed by Protein Sciences, Hunter’s Ambulance and Dr. Shahzad Zaki of HealthMed Urgent Care, has a mission to improve community health and respond to the changing needs of healthcare by offering mobile access to flu vaccinations, Mis said.
For residents unable to attend the festival, there will be walk-in flu shot clinics at the Academy Cafeteria, at 2155 Main St. next to Town Hall, on Oct. 19 and Nov. 16.