Roll up Your Sleeve: It's Flu Season, Folks

The city of Middletown's radio show, Healthline, tackles the facts of influenza Saturday.

Worried about getting the flu this year and how to prevent it? Then you'll want to listen in tomorrow to Dr. Randy Goodwin, Section Chief of Infectious Diseases at Middlesex Hospital. He'll be the the guest on the next edition of the health-information radio program — Healthline. Goodwin will discuss the causes, symptoms and treatment of influenza and how the upcoming flu season may impact citizens.

Healthline is produced by the Middletown Health Department and can be heard Saturday at 3:15 a.m., 12:15 and 5:15 p.m. on WIHS 104.9-FM and “on-demand” at cnxradio.com.

Flu season in Connecticut begins in October and although the time you're most likely to be infected is in January and February, physicians recommend for people to get their shots now — before shortages occur.

If you work with elderly or small children, have a serious chronic condition like asthma, it's even more important you be vaccinated. But what if you're on the fence about getting the shot?

Flu seasons are unpredictable and can be severe. On average, 5 percent to 20 percent of the American population gets the flu and more than 200,000 are hospitalized from complications.

Unlike other other respiratory illnesses such as the common cold, the flu can cause severe illness and life-threatening complications in many people.

The Health Department is sponsoring the following free flu clinics. Register here.

  • Oct. 4: City Hall Council Chamber, 245 Dekoven Drive, Middletown, 12-8 p.m.
  • Oct. 21: AME ZION Church, 440 West St., Middletown, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Nov. 2: Coles Road Firehouse, 105 Coles Road, Cromwell, 12-8 p.m.
  • Nov. 15: Activity Center (second floor), 350 Main St., Durham 12-8 p.m.
  • Nov. 30: Westfield Fire Firehouse, 653 East St., Middletown, 12-8 p.m.
  • Dec. 14: South Fire District Firehouse, 445 Randolph Road, Middletown, 12-8 p.m.


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