No Flu for You—Take Steps to Prevent Influenza
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No Flu for You—Take Steps to Prevent Influenza

Sep 25, 2018
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Every year Maine experiences statewide influenza activity.  During just the first ten days of January 2018, Maine’s Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory had confirmed most strains were circulating throughout our 16 counties and they had followed up on 33 outbreaks.

Flu happens!  The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year.

  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.
  • Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.
  • Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every year before flu activity begins in their community.

The CDC recommends getting vaccinated by the end of October, if possible.  Learn more about vaccine timing: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/consumer/vaccinations.htm#when-vaccinate

Take these steps to prevent the spread of illness this flu season: 

  • Wash your hands
  • Cover your cough
  • Stay home when you’re sick
  • Get vaccinated
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Community Health Options, along with other healthcare carriers, has submitted proposed 2020 health plan rates to the Maine Bureau of Insurance for regulatory review.  We have proposed rate increases ranging from 3.8% to 11.4%. The actual amount of your premium will be based on your age, zip code (rating area), smoking status, and the plan you choose.  Rates will be finalized mid-late September, at which time we will notify you of your new rate effective January 1, 2020.

Link to Notice of Proposed Rate Increase

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