NEW BRITAIN - If you havenâ€™t gotten a flu shot yet, you might want to.
Influenza has been classified by the state Department of Public Health as widespread since December.
As of Jan. 13, 1,342 people had tested positive for the disease, 615 had been hospitalized and 21 flu-related deaths had been reported, according to state health officials.
The DPH is partnering with several health care facilities to provide free or low-cost flu shots across the state on Saturday.
The closest locations to the city will be Glastonbury Town Hall, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Cromwell Town Hall, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
To see the full list of locations, visit www.portal.ct.gov/DPH/Public-Health-Preparedness/State-Flu-Vaccination-Day-Schedule-2018 .
â€śFor those Connecticut residents who havenâ€™t yet received a flu shot, we hope they will take advantage of these flu clinics,â€ť said DPH Commissioner Dr. Raul Pino. â€śIt is not too late to get protection from the flu this season.â€ť
Vaccines for children 18 and under as well as adult vaccines for those without insurance will be free.
Adults with insurance should bring their cards. They will be charged a small administrative fee, but not for the vaccine, according to the DPH.
In addition, health departments across the state are still conducting flu clinics.
Southington and Plainville residents can visit the Plainville-Southington Regional Health District, 196 N. Main St. in Southington; Berlin and Newington residents can visit the Central Connecticut Health District, 5050 Silas Deane Highway in Wethersfield; New Britain residents can go to the New Britain Health Department, 88 Prospect St.; and Bristol residents can go to the Bristol-Burlington Health District, 240 Stafford Ave. in Bristol.
Pharmacies, walk-in clinics and urgent care centers are also offering flu shots for little to no cost.
Influenza - flu for short - is a contagious respiratory illness that is spread through the air and by direct contact with respiratory droplets. Typical symptoms include sudden fever, aching muscles, sore throat, coughing, runny nose, headache and eye pain.
Flu season peaks in February and March, but can last through May, according to Hartford HealthCare officials.
The DPH is encouraging all state residents over the age of 6 months to get the shot. High-risk groups should especially be sure to get vaccinated. Those groups include young children, pregnant women, people over 65 years of age and people with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and heart and lung disease.