The Associated Press reports that the first case of seasonal influenza has been received by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Maine CDC reminds people that now is the time to get a flu shot. The director for the Maine CDC says getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent getting sick with the flu. A flu shot is especially important for older people, pregnant women and others with conditions that put them at greater risk of severe complications from the flu.

Health officials said people can help prevent getting or spreading the flu by washing hands, covering coughs and staying home when sick.

Officials for the Maine CDC reminds us that flu cases typically begin to increase in October, with peak activity between December and February, according to the AP.