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Posted on: January 31, 2018

Public Health Director Reminds People It's Not Too Late to Get Your Flu Shot

Flu Shot Clinic 2018

Portland’s Public Health Director would like to remind people that it’s not too late to get your flu shot, and is urging people to get one as soon as possible, if you have not already. To help with this, the Public Health Department is co-sponsoring a flu shot clinic with VNA Home Health Hospice on Monday, February 5 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM in the State of Maine Room in City Hall. Please bring your insurance card as insurance will be billed for those who have it. Vaccines will be FREE for all those who do not have insurance.

“With 1,700 confirmed cases and 22 deaths reported (according to the Maine CDC) so far this flu season, it shows that influenza activity has increased significantly over recent weeks with influenza infection,” said Dr. Kolawole Bankole, Portland’s Public Health Director. “We and other public health officials are recommending that everyone should get their flu shot as soon as possible in order to avoid contacting the flu and to reduce the severity of the disease.”

Flu vaccine supplies are plentiful, but you should get a flu shot as soon as possible, as the timing of influenza outbreaks is unpredictable, and it takes about two weeks after vaccination for your body to develop protection against the flu. The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and best way to protect against the flu.

The public is also reminded to practice the four C’s during cold and flu season:

  1. CLEAN - Wash your hands often. Scrub your hands for at least 30 seconds with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
  2. COVER – Cover your cough. Use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Don’t have a tissue? The crook of your elbow will do.
  3. CONTAIN – Contain germs by steering clear of others who are sick. If you do get sick, stay home until you’re well again, so you don’t spread more germs.
  4. CALL – Call or see your doctor if you or your child has a fever greater than 100 degrees.


Flu Shot Clinic - Monday, February 5 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Portland City Hall - State of Maine Room

Payment: Will bill insurance (please bring insurance card), vaccines will be FREE for all those who do not have insurance

Sponsors: Portland Public Health and VNA Home Health Hospice are co-hosting the clinic


For more information about the dangers of flu and the benefits of the flu vaccine, talk to your doctor or nurse, visit or call CDC at 1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636).

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