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AR Gould Hospital flu shot clinics announced for fall 2018

Date: 09/17/2018

Aroostook County  -  A.R. Gould Hospital officials are planning six upcoming free seasonal flu shot clinics in the region.  The schedule includes three traditional walk-in clinics, including a family one for kids and adults, and three of its popular drive-up clinics.  Those 65 and older will be able to get a free high dose flu shot.
 
“We are committed to the health and wellness of our community, which is why we offer these flu shot clinics at no charge. We know firsthand that it makes a difference keeping people healthy during the flu season,” says Dr. Jay Reynolds, A.R. Gould Hospital's senior physician executive.  “With influenza already seen in Maine this season, there is really no reason to delay in getting this protection.”
 
This sentiment is reinforced by the Centers for Disease Control, which recognizes flu vaccination as the first and most important step in protecting against the flu.  The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a seasonal flu vaccine each year. When more people get vaccinated, the spread of the disease decreases, which helps protect everyone, especially older adults, the chronically ill, young children, and others who are at higher risk of developing complications from getting the flu.
 
A.R. Gould Hospital's fall flu shot clinic schedule is as follows:
 
Thursday, October 4 – Mars Hill Health Center, 4 - 6 pm, 106 Main Street
(Walk-in Clinic) 
 
Saturday, October 13 – Caribou Health Center, 9 - 11 am, 118 Bennett Drive
(Drive-up Clinic)
 
Saturday, October 13 – Fort Fairfield Health Center, 1 - 3 pm, 33 High Street
(Drive-up Clinic)
 
Saturday, October 20 – Presque Isle, 10 am – 1 pm (Walk-in Clinic) - Part of the A.R. Gould Hospital Health Fair, being held in the gymnasium at Northern Maine Community College.  In addition to the free flu shots, other free screenings and a wide variety of health information will be available during the Health Fair.
 
Saturday, October 27 –  Presque Isle, 10 am to 12 pm (Drive-up Clinic) at TAMC’s A.R. Gould Hospital on Academy Street in the Crown Ambulance garage
 
Saturday, November 3 – Presque Isle, 9 – 11 am FAMILY FLU SHOT CLINIC (Walk-in Clinic) at A.R. Gould Hospital's North Street Healthcare facility.  Children’s flu shots for ages 6 months to 18 years will be provided in the Aroostook Pediatrics office and adult ones will be provided in Family Practice & Internal Medicine. 
 
“Getting a flu shot is one of the most important things people can do to remain healthy this fall and winter,” says Linda Foley, A.R. Gould Hospital's manager of infection prevention and policy. “Any side effects are minor and last a very short time, and contrary to what some believe, you cannot get the flu as a result of getting vaccinated.”
 
For more information about A.R. Gould Hospital's fall flu shot schedule, please visit www.tamc.org or call 768-4012.