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About the Initiative
The AgeWise Maine Initiative is a collaboration of the state’s Agencies on Aging powered by USAging grant funding. Our mission is to educate every Mainer age 60+ about the importance of staying up-to-date on immunizations, including Covid-19, Flu, RSV and Pneumonia vaccines. In partnership with Northern Light Health, we’re offering vaccine clinics in communities across Maine with the goal of ensuring that thousands of residents get immunized to stay healthy and focused on doing the things they love.
Stay Wise. Stay Up-to-date.
Everyone age 6 months+ should be vaccinated this fall for the new strain of Covid-19. The Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices has authorized a new Covid-19 vaccine formulation for the fall of 2023.
Everyone age 6 months+ should get a flu shot this fall.
The AgeWiseMaine Initiative immunization clinics will be offering a specific flu shot for people age 65+.
Frequently Asked Questions
For Covid-19 immunizations, you’re current once you complete your primary series and have received the most up-to-date booster dose recommended by the CDC (i.e. the updated bivalent booster). When it is time for your booster, you’ll be given the most up-to-date booster available.
The AgeWiseMaine Initiative clinics will be offering a flu vaccine specifically for people ages 65+ as well as the standard vaccine for anyone younger than 65.
CDC recommends that adults 50 years and older get two doses of the shingles vaccine called Shingrix (recombinant zoster vaccine) to prevent shingles and the complications from the disease.
Shingrix is more than 90% effective at preventing shingles and PHN. Immunity stays strong for at least the first 7 years after vaccination.