Flu vaccinations for people 4 years old and over will be offered by the Fairfield Health Department at two clinics later this month.

The inoculations will be administered Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fairfield Senior Center, 100 Mona Terrace. Appointments are not necessary.

Flu vaccinations are available by injection only this year, no nasal spray version is available. This year, the H1N1 vaccine is included in the seasonal flu vaccine.

Medicare part B, Healthnet Medicare programs and Anthem IDs that begin with "XG" will be accepted to cover the cost of the flu shots. Without such insurance, the cost of a shot is $25.

Pneumococcal vaccine also will be available for people 65 years old and over and for those 2 to 64 years old with health problems that increase the risk of complications from pneumococcal disease. Children 2 to 18 years old eligible for the pneumonia vaccine will be seen by appointment at a separate time. Call 256-3150 for more information.

Health officials recommend that adults 19 to 64 years old who smoke or who have asthma be vaccinated. Pneumococcal vaccine is normally received only once. Medicare part B, Healthnet Medicare programs and Anthem IDs that begin with "XG" will be accepted for pneumococcal vaccinations. Without that insurance, the charge is $45.

Registration for the clinics can be completed ahead of time by downloading a copy of the form from the town of Fairfield's website, http://www.fairfieldct.org/ and bringing the completed form to the clinic. The form also will be available at the clinic.

Health officials recommend that people at high risk of contracting flu or who live with or care for someone at high risk of serious complications from the flu get a flu shot annually. People at high risk for complications include: pregnant women, those 50 years old and over, those with certain chronic medical conditions, and those living in long-term care facilities. Household and others, such as day-care providers, with close contact with children less than 6 months old also should be vaccinated.

There are some people who should not be vaccinated without first consulting their physician. This includes those severely allergic to chicken eggs, those who have had a severe reaction to a flu vaccination in the past and those with a history of Guillain-Barre syndrome occurring within 6 weeks of getting a flu shot.

People with moderate or severe illness with a fever should wait to get vaccinated until their symptoms subside.

Women who are pregnant may be vaccinated at the clinics, but must bring a doctor's note stating that it is safe for them to receive the vaccine.