2014-2015 Season

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:

January 13, 2015 Conference Call Notes (Word | PDF*)

2014-15 Start of Season Conference Call Talking Points (Word | PDF)
2014-15 Start of Season Conference Call Notes and Q&A (Word | PDF)

For information on disease in Maine, see our Weekly Influenza Surveillance Reports

Flu vaccine for the 2014-2015 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 or

The Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) for this year's vaccine are posted online External site disclaimer.

H7N9 influenza

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

Flu Updates

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