The flu season has arrived in Maine.
The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says the
first case of influenza was confirmed by laboratory tests this
The confirmed case was in Penobscot County, but Doctor Dora Anne
Mills says it’s possible there are other cases that have not been
confirmed. She says there has been a big increase in respiratory
illnesses and flu-like viruses in recent days.
The arrival of the flu is a month earlier than last year, but
Mills says the illness is unpredictable. She says it usually peaks
sometime between December and April.
Mills says it’s not too late for people to get flu vaccines. She
also says that washing hands and covering coughs are among the best
ways to stop the spread of the flu.