Maine CDC Health Advisory

June 28, 2024

Influenza-Associated Pediatric Death

Maine CDC has identified an influenza-associated pediatric death. This is the only influenza-associated pediatric death reported for the 2023-2024 influenza season. The child tested positive for influenza B Victoria. Influenza circulates in Maine throughout the year, at higher levels from early October to mid-May.

Clinicians should:

  • Encourage annual influenza vaccination in all children 6 months and older who do not have contraindications
  • Be aware that respiratory symptoms at any time of year could be caused by influenza infection, and
  • Consider influenza testing and treatment in patients with respiratory symptoms at any time of year

Advisory (PDF)