State health officials say a young adult visiting Penobscot County from out-of-state died before Christmas of a flu-related illness.
Several more cases of the illness have since been reported.
At the City of Bangor Health Department, the fridge is stocked with flu vaccine.
Since flu season can last into March, and since it takes two weeks to build up an immunity, now is the perfect time to get your shot.
Dr. Erik Steele, the chief medical officer at Eastern Maine Medical Center, says the flu virus is especially dangerous for those with other health concerns, such as diabetes, heart or lung disease. And that the flu vaccine is the number one way to protect yourself.
You can also stop the spread of the virus by washing your hands frequently and coughing into your sleeves to limit airborne germs.