Flu clinics scheduled at Milford Senior Center

The Milford Senior Center will host two flu clinics at the center, 9 Jepson Drive, Monday, Oct. 5 and Monday, Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To pre-register, contact the center’s two insurance specialists, Jackie Sconzo and Laura Daneault, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 203-877-5131. Callers should have their information available when they call.

The Milford Health Department will offer Fluzone High Dose for individuals 65 years of age and over at their flu clinics this season, including the Senior Center flu clinics. The Milford Health Department recommends that all individuals age 65 and older receive the High Dose influenza vaccine. Fluzone High Dose is the first and only influenza vaccine designed specifically for people 65 years of age and older, city officials said. Persons in this age group have a higher risk of complications from influenza, officials added.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that each year more than 200,000 flu related hospitalizations and up to 49,000 flu-related deaths occur; it is estimated that 60% of the hospitalizations and 85% of the deaths occur in people 65 years of age or older.  “Also, aging decreases the body’s ability to have a good immune response after getting the influenza vaccine,” states a senior center press release. “A higher dose of antigen in the vaccine helps provide older adults a better immune response and therefore better protection against the flu.”