Get Your Flu Shot Today!

Flu vaccine is the best protection we have from the flu and its complications. Flu vaccine also helps prevent spreading flu from person to person. Protect yourself and your loved ones this flu season. Get vaccinated.

Who Needs the Flu Shot? YOU!

PCHC and the Maine CDC recommend that everyone over the age of 6 months receive a flu shot each year. If you fall into one of these categories, it is very important that you get a flu shot:

  • Children — 6 months or older
  • Pregnant Women
  • Adults — 65 years or older
    (including those in nursing homes)

OR any patient with:

  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Cancer

Learn More about the Flu Shot

It’s Easy to Get a Flu Shot at PCHC:

PCHC patients are encouraged to get their flu shot at their next regularly scheduled appointment with their provider.

No upcoming appointments? No problem!

Any PCHC patient over the age of 7 can visit any of our Pharmacies or Walk-In Care locations and get a flu shot during regular hours. Children under the age of 7 will need to schedule an appointment with their provider.

Please be sure to bring your insurance card with you. If you are uninsured or if your insurance does not cover the cost, there will be a small fee.


PCHC Walk-In Care Locations
Open for Flu Shots:

Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Saturday – Sunday, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

No appointment needed! Open to all PCHC Patients over the age of 7. Children under the age of 7 need to schedule an appointment with their provider.  

Penobscot Community Health Center Walk-In Care

1012 Union Street, Bangor  |  207-404-8100

Brewer Medical Center Walk-In Care

735 Wilson Street, Brewer  |  207-989-1567

 Helen Hunt Health Center Walk-In Care

242 Brunswick Street, Old Town  |  207-827-6128

Penobscot Pediatrics Walk-In Care

1068 Union Street, Bangor  |  207-947-0147


PCHC Pharmacies Open for Flu Shots:

No appointment needed! Open to all PCHC Patients over the age of 7. Children under the age of 7 need to schedule an appointment with their provider. 

Call 207-992-4100 for hours or more info.

Penobscot Community Health Center Pharmacy

1012 Union Street, Bangor  |  207-992-4100, option 1

Helen Hunt Health Center Pharmacy

735 Brunswick Street, Old Town  |  207-992-4100, option 2

Brewer Medical Center Pharmacy

735 Wilson Street, Brewer  |  207-992-4100, option 3

Seaport Community Health Center Pharmacy

53 Schoodic Drive, Belfast  |  207-338-6900


Frequently Asked Questions about the Flu Shot:


Do I need to get a flu shot every year?

Yes, your immunity decreases over time and getting a flu shot helps you keep a strong immunity to the flu. Also, vaccines are updated every year with the 3 or 4 most common flu viruses expected to develop.

The number one reason to get a flu shot every year is to protect yourself and your loved ones!
When should I get vaccinated?

You should get vaccinated once the flu shot becomes available each year. The CDC recommends as close to October 1st as possible. It takes two weeks for the vaccine to provide full protection against the flu.

How long does the flu vaccine protect me?

Research shows that the flu vaccine protects you for 6-8 months. This is another reason why it is important to get the flu shot every flu season!

How effective is the flu vaccine?

This varies from year to year and depends on your age. The flu vaccine can help make symptoms shorter and less severe for people who do get sick after receiving the vaccine.

Will the flu shot make me sick?

No. The most common side effects from flu shots are soreness, redness, and tenderness where the shot was given. It’s possible to get a low-grade fever, headache, or muscle aches, but the flu shot does not cause the flu.

If I get vaccinated can I still get the flu?

It is possible you may be exposed to the virus before the vaccine can take full effect. It is also possible to be exposed to a virus not in this year’s vaccine. The flu vaccine does not protect against coughs or colds.

Why aren’t you giving the high dose flu vaccine this year?

Studies show that the high dose vaccine does not offer more protection than the traditional flu vaccine, so it has not been recommended by the CDC over the traditional vaccine.

What else can I do to protect myself and my family against the flu?

The flu is spread through coughs and sneezes. Did you know that the flu can spread up to 6 feet away from someone who coughs or sneezes? Protect those around you by coughing or sneezing into your elbow. Washing your hands is also very important.