Hartford HealthCare is going to be kicking off what it says will be a massive statewide flu shot campaign.
Public health leaders and doctors want residents to lower the risk of significant flu outbreaks this fall and winter as they prepare for the potential surge of patients diagnosed with COVID-19.
Hartford HealthCare will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. Tuesday on avoiding a “twindemic” of COVID-19 and the flu.
Dr. Ajay Kumar, the chief clinical officer for Hartford HealthCare and Keith Grant, the senior system director of infection prevention at Hartford HealthCare will take part in the news conference.
The Hartford HealthCare website says that Hartford HealthCare Medical Group has vaccines available in all primary care offices across the state, including high-dose vaccines for seniors and urges people to call their doctor’s office to schedule a flu shot.
The state Department of Public Health says that after you are vaccinated, it takes about two weeks for your body to make antibodies to protect you from the flu, so the earlier you get vaccinated, the better.