25 October 2021

As flu season approaches, Governor Janet Mills got her flu shot today at a Walgreens in Augusta and urged everyone in Maine to protect their health by also getting the flu shot. flu.

“As we have learned from this pandemic, it is more important than ever to take care of your health and protect the people you love.” Governor Mills said. “The flu shot can do just that. With the flu season here and with the cold weather ahead, I encourage everyone in Maine to get their annual flu shot and, if you haven’t already, get the flu shot as well. COVID-19. They are easy to obtain and can save your life.

The US and Maine CDCs recommend that people six months and older get their flu shot each year by the end of October, when influenza activity increases. Individuals can receive an influenza vaccine at the same time as a COVID-19 vaccine.

According to the US CDC, the flu shot prevents millions of flu-related illnesses and doctor visits each year. For example, the US CDC estimates that in 2019-2020, influenza vaccination prevented 7.5 million influenza illnesses, 3.7 million influenza-associated medical visits, 105,000 influenza-associated hospitalizations, and 6 300 influenza-associated deaths.

In addition, the flu shot has been shown to reduce the risk of having to see a doctor in case of the flu by up to 60%.