Thursday’s H1N1 clinic canceled in Bangor

Posted Dec. 29, 2009, at 9:07 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The H1N1 vaccine clinic scheduled for Thursday morning at the EMMC Healthcare Mall on Union Street has been canceled.

Eastern Maine Medical Center has held a week’s worth of clinics, which will run through today, Sally Farrand, hospital spokeswoman, said Tuesday.

“We’ve just been cranking people through,” she said, adding that a fourth clinic this week is not necessary.

Today’s final clinic is open between 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the health care mall’s Anticoagulation Clinic. Today’s H1N1 clinic is open to all, and no appointment is needed.

While individuals who are in the priority groups identified by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention are especially encouraged to get vaccinated, vaccination is recommended for everyone since it is expected that H1N1 will circulate throughout the new year. Experts indicate another surge of cases is possible in the spring.

Both injectable and nasal spray forms of the vaccine will be available. Only healthy individuals, with no coexisting illnesses, under age 50 will be offered the nasal spray vaccine.

Other facilities are holding H1N1 clinics, such as Miller Drug on State Street, so “patients [who miss this week’s clinics] are not without options,” Farrand said.

For information about these vaccines, check EMMC’s Web site at www.fluandyou.emmc.org, or the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention at www.maineflu.gov, or the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu.

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