FCHN Reports Flu Vaccine still Available
January 2, 2007
With cases of flu reported recently in Maine and Franklin County, officials at Franklin Community Health Network (FCHN) are letting residents know that it’s not too late to get the flu shot at their physician’s office and that several public flu shot clinics have also been scheduled to take place next week.
Officials report that there is no shortage of flu vaccine and a flu shot is recommended for everyone regardless of health status. Receiving a flu shot is also helpful to prevent the spread of the flu to others.
“The immunity process starts when you receive your flu shot and flu immunity is achieved within two weeks,” according to Jan Bell, Infection Control Coordinator. “In the past two years the flu didn’t peak until February or March so there is still time.”
Patients at any of FCHN’s primary care practices are asked to schedule their flu shot with their physician’s office. Those practices include: Pine Tree Family Practice, Pine Tree Internal Medicine, Pine Tree Pediatrics, Pine Tree Women’s Care, Rockomeka Family Practice, and Wilton Family Practice.
For others, public flu shot clinics taking place for those 18 and older (and not pregnant) include: Jay Hannaford, Tuesday, January 9, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m; Franklin Memorial Hospital, Thursday, January 11, from 12 noon to 4 p.m; and, Farmington Hannaford, Friday, January 12, 12 noon to 2 p.m. No insurance are accepted at these sites. A $15 donation (or what you can afford) is requested to cover the cost of the vaccine.
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 207-779-3147.
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