Fall is coming and the kids are in school, which are both sure signs that flu season is back in Maine.

How Do I Find a Place to Get a Flu Shot?

Okay, it's true, there's nothing 'fabulous' about the flu except when you're feeling better. And health experts say getting a flu shot can help get you there faster, with more mild symptoms. I don't know about you, but I like the idea of being sick for a couple of days instead of a couple of weeks. Opinions vary, and I respect people who opt not to get the flu shot, but I'll be rolling up my sleeve in the next few weeks to get mine. Where do you get a flu shot? Well, that's just one of the many pieces of information you can find on Maine's cool influenza website titled, aptly enough, Maine Flu.

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What Other Information is Available on the Website?

It's a very user-friendly site, with links to a variety of information that might interest you about the current year's influenza season. Some of the things you can find there include:

  • Places near you to get your flu shot
  • Healthy habits to help you avoid catching the flu
  • Symptoms
  • When do you call the doctor?
  • How do you know it's time to call in sick to work?
  • Who is most at risk for serious complications from influenza?

In addition, you'll find information about the year's case count and how it compares to previous flu seasons.

I've Had the Flu Before, So Why Is This Website Important?

The flu is different every year, so it's a good idea to stay up-to-date. I remember a couple of years ago when a very virulent strain was in Maine, and people who would not usually be considered at risk were passing away because they were unable to keep themselves hydrated. Take a few minutes and look over the information on the Maine Flu website. Familiarize yourself with the symptoms and stats, and then consider whether you want to get the shot.

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