AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports three people have died from the flu this season.

CDC officials say there were 510 confirmed influenza cases through Jan. 5 down from 768 during the same time period in 2017-2018. Flu season runs from October through May.

Health officials also say 53 people have been hospitalized as a result of the flu this season.

The predominant strain this year is influenza A H1N1, which officials say tends to have less severe symptoms than the predominant strain that circulated last season.

Public health experts say flu vaccines are the best way to prevent the flu.