Maine CDC Press Release

January 2, 2007

Influenza Season Arrives in Maine

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) announced that the Influenza Season has started in Maine.

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Dora Anne Mills, MD, MPH
207-287-3270


AUGUSTA – The Department of Health and Human Services’ Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) announced that the Influenza Season has started in Maine. “We have had laboratory-confirmed cases of both Influenza A and B the past few days, including one influenza-related death,” announced Dora Anne Mills, MD, MPH, Director of the Maine CDC.

“With the re-opening of schools and many returning to work this week, it is especially important that we all heed the three basic guidelines of covering coughs and sneezes; washing hands frequently; and staying home if we’re ill, particularly with a fever,” encouraged Dr. Mills.

“It is also not too late to obtain a flu shot, and we understand that influenza vaccine is available throughout much of the state,” added Dr. Mills. Especially for those 50 years old and over, under 6 years old, or ages in between with a chronic disease or pregnancy, or if one is simply desiring a flu shot, the Maine CDC recommends people to call local health care providers, hospitals or visiting nurses’ associations to determine local flu vaccine availability.

“Good hygiene and getting a flu shot should help Maine to have a healthy winter,” concluded Dr. Mills.

For more information: www.maineflu.gov or www.mainepublichealth.gov.