Maine reports 3 flu deaths, and more than 500 cases, so far this season - Press Herald Pressherald.com - Thu 10 Jan 21:09 GMT
More cases had been reported at this time last winter, but public health experts say the viruses are unpredictable and urge Mainers: ‘Go get your flu shot.’
Maine’s flu season is so far tracking less severe than last year – with fewer cases that tested positive for the virus – but flu is notoriously unpredictable and is spreading rapidly throughout most of the nation.
Maine ended the 2017-18 flu season with 9,018 cases and 82 deaths, the Maine CDC reported, the worst flu season in at least five years.
Dr. Siiri Bennett, state epidemiologist at the Maine CDC, said that flu season is unpredictable, and can peak at any time.
Flu vaccines are the best way to prevent influenza, according to public health experts, but there’s always some guesswork in predicting the strain that will be most commonly circulating in the upcoming season.
Bennett said the flu often starts in the South and heads northward during the winter months, and Maine was one of the last states in the nation last year to experience widespread flu.