- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 19, 2020

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The first influenza-related death of a child in Maine this season has been recorded, the state Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.

The child was from southern Maine, younger than 5 years old and not vaccinated against the disease, Maine CDC said. The agency said it has recorded 19 adult deaths this season that are at least partially attributable to the flu.

Maine CDC recommends residents wash their hands, get a flu shot, cover their mouths when they cough and stay home when sick. Young people, people age 65 or older, pregnant women and people with certain medical conditions are at greater risk for serious illness as a result of the flu, the agency said.

Flu season typically lasts from September to May.

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