Greater Franklin County Flu Hotline
Maine Public Call-in Number
Monday - Friday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
US CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older. While there are many different flu viruses, the seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the top three or four flu viruses that research indicates will cause the most illness during the flu season. Medical providers should be vaccinated and begin vaccinating patients soon after flu vaccine becomes available to ensure that as many people as possible are protected before flu season begins.
Getting vaccinated each year provides the best protection against influenza throughout the flu season.
US CDC recommends use of the nasal spray vaccine in healthy children ages 2 to 8 when it is immediately available and if the child has no contraindications or precautions to that vaccine. Recent studies suggest that the nasal spray flu vaccine may work better than the flu shot in younger children. However, if the nasal spray vaccine is not immediately available and the flu shot is, children age 2 to 8 years should get the flu shot. Don't delay vaccination to find the nasal spray flu vaccine.
Vaccine is available in many locations. It takes about two weeks after vaccination to develop protection against the flu.
The Maine CDC suggests people find vaccine through possible avenues: call your health care provider; call 211; or check http://www.maineflu.gov for a list of public clinics.
Some area pharmacies are offering flu vaccination. If interested please call them directly for availability, time and location.
Healthy Community Coalition (HCC) is offering vaccines to community individuals ages 18 and older. For individuals not covered by insurance there is a suggested donation of $25 or whatever you can afford. For more information or to schedule a vaccination time for yourself or organization, contact the Healthy Community Coalition at 779-2750.
Although most people can stay home without seeing a health care provider, anyone with the flu should seek medical attention if: you are having trouble breathing, become dehydrated, or have any major change in your health condition.