PORTLAND — Portland’s Health and Human Services Department will hold two flu vaccination clinics next week, the city announced today.

A small number of seasonal flu cases have so far been confirmed in Maine. Maine’s flu season typically starts in December and lasts into March or April.

The Maine Centers for Disease Control is recommending vaccination against influenza for all Mainers age six months and older. The Portland department’s Public Health Division vaccinated more than 1,200 adults in previous clinics.

The seasonal flu vaccine, which includes H1N1 and two other flu strains, will be available for $10 or at no cost for individuals with a Medicare Part B card. All types of insurance including MaineCare will be accepted. Pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine will also be available for $45 or free for people with MaineCare. The clinics are open to children and adults.

The two Portland flu clinics will be held:

— Wednesday, Jan. 26, 4 to 7 p.m., at the Portland Community Health Center, 180 Park Ave.
Saturday, Jan. 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the First Lutheran Church, 132 Auburn St.

For more information, contact Portland’s Flu Hotline at 207-874-8946 or go to www.portlandmaine.gov/hhs/health.asp