WABI TV 5 is reporting that the Bangor Police Department and the Public Health and Community Services are providing a flu shot clinic for kids Thursday, November 1st.

You can bring your child by the Bangor Police Department from 3 to 5PM to receive their free flu shot.  Shots will be administered on the second floor.

 

Medical staff will be on hand to deliver the vaccinations for children ages 6 months to 18 years old, but get in quick because it is a first come, first serve basis.

The Center for Disease Control urges that people get a seasonal flu shot to avoid getting the flu, which can lead to hospitalization or even death.

The Maine CDC has reported 47 cases so far this flu season 2018 - 2019.  The Maine CDC recommends vaccination for everybody older than six months.  By the end of last year's flu season in May, the Maine CDC reported that there were over 9,000 confirmed cases of the flu with 1750 of those cases including hospitalizations and 92 deaths.

They also state that the vaccination does need about 2 weeks to take full effect.

The Maine CDC also recommends the following to avoid the flu:

  1. Wash your hands
  2. Cover your cough
  3. Stay home when you're sick

Also see our article from last week 'New One-Dose Flu Treatment To Be Available In Weeks'.