Influenza (the flu) is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Anyone can get sick from the flu, but certain people are at greater risk for serious complications from the flu, including:
- People over the age of 65 ,
- Young Children ,
- People with chronic lung disease, diabetes, heart disease, neurologic conditions, and certain other long-term health conditions ,
- Pregnant Women
For Influenza data, see our Influenza Surveillance Reports
Flu vaccine for the 2017-2018 season is now widely available. Vaccination is recommended for all people older than six months. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for it to take full effect. To find a flu clinic, search your zip code on https://flushot.healthmap.org/ or https://www.cdc.gov/flu/ or search the listings on 211maine.org.
The Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) for this year's vaccine are posted online .
ME CDC Pandemic Influenza Operations Plan
To ask Maine CDC a question about the flu, you can submit a question by email.
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