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:
- older people ,
- young children ,
- people with chronic lung disease, diabetes, heart disease, neurologic conditions, and certain other long-term health conditions ,
- pregnant women
For information on disease in Maine, see our Weekly Influenza Surveillance Reports
Flu vaccine for the 2013-2014 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 the listings on 211maine.org or Flu.gov.
The Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) for this year's vaccine are posted online .
Human infections with a new avian influenza A (H7N9) virus continue to be reported in China. The virus has been detected in poultry in China as well. While mild illness in human cases has been seen, many patients have had severe respiratory illness and approximately 20% of cases have died. The new H7N9 virus has not been detected in people or birds in the United States.
For more information including current case counts and recommendations:
ME CDC Pandemic Influenza Operations Plan 2013
View the recently revised ME CDC Pandemic Influenza Operations Plan 2013
Ask Maine CDC your questions about the flu!
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