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Maryland records first child-death related to the flu

Maryland records first child-death related to the flu

Influenza-associated pediatric deaths are required to be reported to the health department, but the department can not discuss the specifics of individual cases.

The new numbers are for the time period of January 11 through February 3.

All 62 counties in NY have reported widespread flu activity, or more than 10 cases per 100,000 people, according to the NY state Department of Health.

Moore said with the reports of flu deaths, their phones are ringing with residents rushing for the vaccine. She confirmed flu activity increases in October and peaks in early February, to use disinfectant wipes and be aggressive about hand washing.

The Arkansas Department of Health has deemed this flu season the worst in almost two decades after nearly 30 more people have died since last week. While the flu virus changes between about four strains, the predominant strain this year is H3N2 and during years when this strain is dominant, more hospitalizations tend to occur. In the adult population, the number of hospitalizations is even bigger, in general exceeding 10,000 patients with flu, on average, in every state.

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More information on the APH report can be found here.

Twenty-three deaths have been reported in Spokane County from the flu this season, adding to a total of 132 in the state of Washington. But health officials say they can not accurately assess the effectiveness of the vaccine for at least another couple of weeks. About 80 percent of the children who have died of flu and related illnesses were not vaccinated, said Dan Jernigan, director of the CDC's influenza division, during a press call last week. There have been 1,393cases reported in Lexington County, and 144 in Kershaw County. He said it is important that people cover their mouth when they cough, wash their hands and stay home from school or work when they show flu-like symptoms.

The health department is still urging people to get the flu vaccination this season. The cost is $41 for adults and children, and $66 for anyone over 65 requesting the high dose flu vaccine. Symptoms of the flu can range from a runny nose, cough, sore throat, body aches, fever, fatigue and in some cases vomiting as well as diarrhea.

There is still plenty of flu vaccine available.

Below are a few things, the CDC recommends you can do to protect your loved ones and yourself: Try to avoid close contact with sick people.


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