Coalition Releases Flu Shot Schedule
November 4, 2008Before coming to a clinic it is recommended that you contact your primary care doctor.
Flu shots will soon be available from the Healthy Community Coalition. Starting November 10, Healthy Community Coalition staff will be available to administer the influenza vaccine (flu shot) at several different sites throughout our community.
November 10 Farmington at Franklin Memorial Hospital from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
November 12 New Sharon at Imelda’s Fabric & Designs, from 2-4 p.m.
November 20 Rangeley Library, from 10 a.m.-noon. Eustis Town Office 1-3 p.m.
November 21 Salem Economic Ministry, noon-2 p.m.
November 24 Jay Otis Credit Union, 9-10 a.m., New Vineyard at My Wife’s Place from noon-2 p.m.
December 3 Kingfield at Camden National Bank, 9-11 a.m., Vienna Post Office 1-3 p.m.
December 5 Livermore Town Office from 9-10 a.m. and Livermore Falls FMH Outpatient Services from 11 a.m.-noon.
December 9 Weld Town Office from 10-11 a.m. and Carthage Town Office from noon-1 p.m.
December 16 Wilton at Key Bank from 9-11 a.m.
December 19 Strong at the White Elephant from 9-11 a.m. and Phillips at Camden National Bank from noon-2 p.m.
December 29 Carrabassett Valley at Sugarloaf Comp Center, 10 a.m.-noon.
It is recommended that you first contact your primary care provider to receive your flu shot from them. Most insurance companies cover the cost of receiving the shot in your primary care provider’s office. While there ask about the need for the pneumonia vaccination, which could be provided by your doctor’s office and not offered by Healthy Community Coalition.
Influenza (“the flu”) is a highly infectious disease of the lungs that can lead to pneumonia. The best time to be vaccinated against influenza is October thru December, although vaccination after December will still be beneficial.
Due to the cost of the vaccine, there is a suggested donation of $20 at Healthy Community Coalition clinics (or by donating what you can afford). Insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid cannot be accepted. The Healthy Community Coalition purchases all vaccine used for the mobile health unit clinics and appreciates donations to help cover costs.
Flu shots will be provided to those individuals 18 years old and older. Those who are under 18 are recommended to see their primary care medical provider.
For more information, contact the Healthy Community Coalition at 645-3136 or 1-800-525-3136.
Franklin Community Health Network is also reminding residents to call its flu hotline for updates about flu prevention, local flu vaccine availability, and public flu shot clinics. The hotline number is 779-3147.
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