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 2016-2017 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 http://flushot.healthmap.org/ or http://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
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