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Flu Recommendations

The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older. While there are many different flu viruses, the seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the top three or four flu viruses that research indicates will cause the most illness during the flu season. Medical providers should be vaccinated and begin vaccinating patients soon after flu vaccine becomes available to ensure that as many people as possible are protected before flu season begins.

Getting vaccinated each year provides the best protection against influenza throughout the flu season.

US CDC recommends use of the nasal spray vaccine in healthy children ages two to eight when it is immediately available and if the child has no contraindications or precautions to that vaccine. Recent studies suggest that the nasal spray flu vaccine may work better than the flu shot in younger children. However, if the nasal spray vaccine is not immediately available and the flu shot is, children age two to eight years should get the flu shot. Don't delay vaccination to find the nasal spray flu vaccine.

Preventive Practices

Stay home if you are sick, until you are fever-free for a full 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medicine.

Get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Follow heightened respiratory etiquette to protect yourself and others by covering coughs and sneezes, and wearing a mask when indicated and appropriate.

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, and avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes as germs can spread that way.

Avoid close contact with sick people as much as possible. 

Flu Resources

Resources

Maine Public Call-in Number
Monday - Friday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
1-888-257-0990
TTY 207-629-5751

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Maine.gov Website

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC.gov Website

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