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Maine CDC issues health alert for Maine

2:58 PM, Jan 10, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The Maine Center for Disease Control has issued a health alert on the status of the flu in Maine.

The CDC says that Maine is widespread with all three strains of influenza circulating. They say that flu activity in Maine is signifigantly higher than last season, and will remain that high for several weeks.

They stress that vaccination is widely available and is encouraged, especially to the people at high risk.

From the Maine CDC:

For recommendations related to treatment, testing, and management, as well as reporting requirements, see the Jan. 9 health alert at http://go.usa.gov/43kH

US CDC has released an influenza app for clinicians and health care providers to make it easy to access the latest guidelines and information. For more information about the app, go to http://go.usa.gov/43nR

Take everyday preventive measures against the flu:
· Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, but especially after coughing and sneezing. Alcohol-based
hand gels can also be used.

· Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes. Germs can spread this way.

· Get vaccinated against the flu.

· Consult your health care provider about getting a pneumococcal vaccine for anyone who is younger than 5,
between ages 5 and 64 with high risk conditions, or age 65 and older.

 Avoid contact with sick people. If you are at very high risk for complications, you may want to avoid large
crowds.

If you have the flu:
· Stay home if you are sick, until you are fever-free for a full 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medicine.

· Cough and sneeze into your elbow or into a tissue. Throw the tissue away.

· Although most people can stay home to recover without seeing a health care provider, it is possible for healthy people to develop severe illness from the flu.

Anyone with the flu should seek medical attention for:
- Dehydration
- Trouble breathing
- Getting better, then suddenly not getting better

Flu activity
-Maine CDC reported widespread flu activity for the week ending Jan. 5. Weekly updates are available online:
· for Maine: http://go.usa.gov/NoK 
· for the US: http://go.usa.gov/ITB 
· for the world: http://go.usa.gov/ITK

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