ME had 510 confirmed influenza cases through January 5 - the latest figures available - down from 768 during the same time period in 2017-18.
Perhaps as a result of that ordeal, Goodman said, "There seemed to be more demand for flu shots this year".
Nationwide, federal health officials are reporting sharp increases in flu activity.
A four-year-old died from complications stemming from influenza - the first pediatric flu-related death in Riverside County this season, health officials said Wednesday.
"It's not too late in the season to get your flu shot", said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. In general, the flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms are more widespread and intense.
Influenza is a respiratory illness that can cause fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and fatigue.
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FLU-v is a broad spectrum influenza vaccine that targets regions in the influenza virus that are conserved among many different influenza strains. That's slightly less compared to this time previous year, but by February of 2018, the number of flu-related deaths skyrocketed to 200. For more information on how you can get the flu vaccine at no cost, visit Flu Vaccine on the TRICARE website.
Bennett said preliminary indications are that "vaccines are very well matched for the strain" this season. While it's best to get one early in the season, it's never too late - and doing so may protect not only you, but also children, the elderly and other vulnerable populations, experts say.
The swine flu is the main strain of virus circulating. "It's just a slow upward, so we're only at the beginning of flu season right now".
The hospital also encourages the public to get their flu shots as soon as possible.
If you are sick, limit contact with others and stay home from class or work until you are fever-free for at lest 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine. People at high risk of flu complications include pregnant women, older adults, young children and people with chronic medical conditions like asthma, cerebral palsy, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, kidney or liver disease, muscular dystrophy, obesity or sickle cell disease.