September 2022 Machias – Access to Influenza vaccines has increased greatly over the years and that is good news for our community. Down East Community Hospital began its annual flu shot clinic to address a lack of access. As the years progressed the number of shots provided by the clinic steadily declined. More people have received their shots as early as August at local pharmacies such as Walgreen’s, Machias Family Pharmacy, and Hannaford and that is in addition to the many who receive their shots at their local provider’s office. Because of this, we have opted to focus our efforts to other community health issues such as food insecurity, health screenings, and prevention of child suicides. We will redirect these funds to support those needs.
We will continue to have vaccine clinics for our patients at Milbridge Medical Center and Arnold Memorial Medical Center and have vaccines available at all our provider offices.
Whether you get your vaccination from your primary care provider or at one of the many other locations, we urge you to get your flu shot. Influenza is a contagious disease that spreads every year. It is mainly transmitted by coughing, sneezing, and close contact. Anyone can get the flu and spread the flu. Each year thousands of people die from influenza so help protect yourself and your loved ones by getting vaccinated.
We are excited to develop new programs to support our community’s needs.