Maine CDC reports widespread influenza outbreak

5:04 PM, Jan 9, 2014   |    comments
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BREWER, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Cases of the flu are growing around the country, as more and more states report flu related deaths and an increasing number of people getting sick. The Maine Center For Disease Control (CDC) issued a statement to all physicians Thursday warning of a regional outbreak of Influenza statewide.

This years version of the flu is very similar to past seasons. Symptoms such as headache, soar throat, coughing, high fever and severe muscle aches. Physician Assistant at Brewer Family Medicine, Matthew DeRosby, has seen around 100 patients with these symptoms this flu season. He says it's never to late to get vaccinated against the virus with either a shot or spray that this year immunizes for both Influenza A and H1N1.

"Once you get the vaccine, it takes the body about two weeks to develop maximum immunity. However immunity does start to develop at the time that you get the injections so the sooner you get it the better," said DeRosby.

There are several ways to find places that provide flu vaccines. One website is www.flushot.healthmap.org. There you can type in your city or town and the website will pin point flu shot locations nearest you.  

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