Get Your Flu Shot Today!
The flu vaccine is the best protection we have from influenza (“the flu”) and its complications. The flu vaccine also helps to 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:
- Heart Disease
It’s Easy to Get a Flu Shot at PCHC
All PCHC patients are encouraged to get their flu shot at their next regularly scheduled appointment with their provider. No upcoming appointments? No problem! PCHC patients can simply walk in to one of our Flu Shot Clinics, no appointment necessary! See the Flu Shot Clinic locations and times listed below. You are also welcome to visit any of our Walk-In Care or Pharmacy* locations and get a flu shot during their regular hours.
Please be sure to bring your insurance card with you. If you are uninsured or if your insurance does not cover the cost, there may be a small fee.
*Because the flu vaccination for children under the age of 9 is a bit different, children under the age of 9 are unable to get a flu shot at PCHC Pharmacies. All Children older than 6 months are welcome at PCHC Walk-In locations or Flu Clinics.
PCHC Walk-In Care locations Open for Flu Shots
Monday – Friday, 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday – Sunday, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
No appointment needed! Open to all PCHC Patients over 6 months.
*Please note: Penobscot Pediatrics has vaccinations only suitable for ages 6 months to 20 years.
PCHC Pharmacies Open for Flu Shots
No appointment needed! Open to all PCHC Patients over the age of 9. (Children at or under the age of 9 will not be able to receive a flu shot at a Pharmacy, but can be seen at Walk-In Care locations or during a Flu Clinic.)
Call 207-992-4100 for hours or more info.
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, before the flu starts spreading in your community. It can take about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body, so make plans to get vaccinated early in fall, before flu season begins. The CDC recommends as close to October 1st as possible. Getting vaccinated later, however, can still be beneficial, which is why PCHC continues to offer flu shots throughout the entire flu season each year.
- 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. Studies show that the flu vaccine is the best protection we have against this very serious disease and its complications.
- 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.
- 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. If you are sick with flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading flu to others.