The Maine Weekly Flu Report dated Oct. 27, 2015 indicates that influenza activity is minimal in Maine. Positive flu cases have been identified, but are not widespread..
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommends a yearly flu shot for everyone 6 months of age and older. Vaccination with the nasal-spray flu vaccine is an option for healthy people 2 to 49 years of age who are not pregnant and have no contraindications or precautions to that vaccine. While there are many different flu viruses, the seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the top three or four flu viruses that research indicates will cause the most illness during the flu season.
Getting vaccinated each year provides the best protection against influenza throughout the flu season.
Vaccine is available in many locations. It takes about two weeks after vaccination to develop protection against the flu.
Where can I get a flu shot?
The Maine CDC suggests people find vaccine through possible avenues: call your health care provider; call 211; or check http://www.maineflu.gov for a list of public clinics.
Some area pharmacies are offering flu vaccination. If interested please call them directly for availability, time and location.
Healthy Community Coalition (HCC) is offering vaccines to community individuals ages 18 and older. For individuals not covered by insurance there is a suggested donation of $25 or whatever you can afford. For more information or to schedule a vaccination time for yourself or organization, contact the Healthy Community Coalition at 779-2750.
- Stay home if you are sick, until you are fever-free for a full 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medicine.
- Get vaccinated as soon as possible.
- Follow heightened respiratory etiquette to protect yourself and others by covering coughs and sneezes, and wearing a mask when indicated and appropriate.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, and avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes as germs can spread that way.
- Avoid close contact with sick people as much as possible.
Although most people can stay home without seeing a health care provider, anyone with the flu should seek medical attention if: you are having trouble breathing, become dehydrated, or have any major change in your health condition.
Related ResourcesGreater Franklin County Flu Hotline
Maine Public Call-in Number
Monday - Friday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention