Flu Arrives in Maine 

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.