Maine CDC Health Advisory
February 19, 2020
Influenza-Associated Pediatric Death
Maine CDC received notification of an influenza-associated pediatric death on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. The child, a southern Maine resident under 5 years old, was unvaccinated and tested positive for influenza B. This is the first influenza-associated pediatric death in Maine during the 2019-20 influenza season.
Influenza activity in Maine remains elevated. Influenza vaccination is strongly encouraged, and vaccine is still widely available. Vaccination can reduce illness and prevent hospitalization and death.