For the fist time in three years a Maine child has died because of the flu and the Maine CDC is issuing a health advisory.

"Maine CDC received notification of an influenza-associated pediatric death on Monday, April 8, 2019. The child, a Washington County resident, was unvaccinated and tested positive for influenza A. This is the first influenza-associated pediatric death in Maine during the 2018-19 influenza season.

Influenza activity in Maine remains elevated. Influenza vaccination is strongly encouraged and is still widely available. Vaccination can reduce illness and prevent hospitalization and death."