Maine preparing for widespread flu inoculations

Posted July 31, 2009, at 12:09 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:15 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Maine Education Department say they’ll be working with schools on a flu vaccination program for students this fall.

Dr. Dora Ann Mills, Maine CDC director, says the program will likely start with large-scale vaccinations against the seasonal flu, followed by vaccinations against swine flu when they become available. Mills says that there’s no plan at this point to make the inoculations mandatory.

As it stands, there are more than 300 laboratory-confirmed cases of swine flu in Maine, but the actual number is believed to be far higher.

The state is holding a “flu summit” in August. Education Commissioner Susan Gendron says it represents an opportunity to plan for the fall, when students return to school.

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