Flu vaccinations will be available Feb. 16 through the Fairfield Health Department.

The free inoculations will be administered from noon to 6 p.m. to those 4 years old and over in the town's Public Health Nursing Office at 100 Mona Terrace behind the Fairfield Senior Center.

Appointments are not needed. The vaccinations will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Children younger than 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Medicare part B, Healthnet Medicare programs and Anthem (those whose identification numbers begin with "XG") insurance will be accepted; people covered by those plans should bring their insurance cards to the clinic. For all others, the vaccine will be free.

The flu vaccine protects against seasonal and H1N1 flu. Those planning to be vaccinated may complete a registration form ahead of time by downloading a copy of the form from the town of Fairfield website, http://www.fairfieldct.org. Then bring the completed form to the clinic. The form will be available at the clinic as well.

The vaccine will be administered as an injection in the upper arm.

Some people should not be vaccinated without first consulting a physician. These include people severely allergic to chicken eggs; those who have had a severe reaction to a flu vaccination in the past, and people with a history of Guillain-Barre syndrome occurring within six weeks of getting a flu shot. Additionally, those with moderate or severe illness with a fever should wait to get vaccinated until their symptoms subside.

Pregnant women are eligible to be vaccinated at the clinic, but must bring a doctor's note stating that they may receive the vaccine. Call 203-256-3150.