Maine Health Officials Say This Year’s Flu Epidemic Might Have Peaked, Since 100 Percent Of The Population Had It Twice Already

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Flu shotBELFAST— State health officials are hopeful — if not convinced — that the flu epidemic already has crested in Maine. “We think we’ve peaked,” Dr. Sheila Pinette, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control, said Friday. “Emergency rooms are not seeing only flu now. That’s a good sign. But flu is one of those things where the one predictable thing is that it’s unpredictable.” She said health officials are seeing fewer prescriptions for Tamiflu, the antiviral drug that treats the flu. The most recent influenza report from the Maine CDC showed 44 new outbreaks in Maine, mostly located in long-term care facilities, schools and day care centers. The Jan. 22 report noted statistics taken in the third week of January. (read more at Lewiston Sun Journal)