City Offers Flu Vaccine at No Cost

1/10/2013 -

City Offers Flu Vaccine at No Cost
In response to recent outbreaks of influenza, city makes flu vaccine including at an additional vaccine clinic at City Hall

WHAT: In response to recent outbreaks of influenza, next Friday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, the City of Portland, HHSD’s Public Health Division will hold an extra seasonal flu vaccination clinic at City Hall. In addition, the flu vaccine will be available at 103 India Street on a walk-in basis, Monday-Thursday 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM and Friday 8:00 to 4:30 PM. Due to the seriousness of outbreaks and potential health risks, the city will be making the seasonal flu vaccine available for free in order to barriers to access.

According to the Center for Disease Control, most of the country is now experiencing high levels of influenza-like-illness (ILI) and the federal agency recommends that all adults and children older than six months get vaccinated as it is the best way to prevent getting or spreading the virus. Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. Vaccinations reduce health care costs by limiting expensive therapies and unnecessary hospitalizations and decrease the spread of disease in the home, workplace, and community. The public should also note that this year’s vaccine is a good match to the circulating strains of influenza.

The Maine Centers for Disease Control recommends the following No Flu 4 You guidelines:
• Wash your hands: Both the general public and healthcare providers should remember to wash their hands frequently to prevent transmission of influenza
• Cover your cough: Use tissues or cough into your sleeve
• Stay home when you are sick: Symptomatic individuals should remain home while sick. Maine CDC recommends staying home until 24 hours after the fever resolves without the use of medications.

For more information, visit the Immunization Program website or call 874-8446.

City Hall Flu Clinic
When: Friday, January 18, 2013
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Where: State of Maine Room
City Hall, Portland

103 India Street Clinic walk-in Hours
When: Monday-Thursday 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Where: 103 India Street