AUGUSTA (AP) – Maine health officials say they’ve ordered 145-thousand doses of flu vaccine and the first batches are now being distributed.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention today reminds Mainers that now’s a good time to arrange to get an influenza vaccine.

State C-D-C Director Dora Anne Mills says the advice especially applies to high-risk groups, which include children ages six months to six years, people 50 and older, pregnant women and those with chronic medical conditions like diabetes, heart disease.

Maine’s flu vaccine rate for children has been low in the past. Mills says that’s why 56-thousand doses of the state’s order are for children. Mills says that’s a considerable increase over previous years.

The Federal C-D-C says more than 100 million doses of flu vaccine are expected to be distributed throughout the country during the next two months. That’s the most flu vaccine distributed in the U-S for a given season.

AP-ES-10-12-06 1145EDT

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