Maryland reports first child death from flu

A Nationwide Tragedy – More Flu Related Deaths Were Recorded In The US

A Nationwide Tragedy – More Flu Related Deaths Were Recorded In The US

The reported death involves a child from the Upper Peninsula, but no further information was provided.

State health officials on Tuesday confirmed this season's first flu-related child death.

MDHHS strongly recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a seasonal flu vaccine.

So far this flu season, 231 people have died from the flu.

At Penn State Health St. Joseph, the number of flu cases has been stable, with about 15 to 20 influenza-like cases a day, said Mari Driscoll, director of infection control and prevention.

This year's flu is set to becoming one of the worst in recent history and already has the highest rate of hospitalizations than any other year.

The Naugatuck Valley Health District and Pomperaug Health District are partnering to offer flu vaccines on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. 12 noon at 77 Main Street North, Suite 205, in Southbury. 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. Flu activity continues to increase across the USA, resulting in crowded hospitals and spot shortages of antiviral medications and rapid influenza tests.

During the week of January 21- 27, more than 9,000 flu cases were reported in Missouri and a total of 66,373 have been reported statewide since flu season started in October. Most flu vaccines rely on cultivation in chicken eggs. Unfortunately, our latest tracking data indicate that the flu activity is still high and widespread across most of the nation, and increasing overall.

She said even though it takes 10 to 14 days to build immunity after getting the vaccine, people getting the flu shot now will have protection for the last few weeks of the flu season. Common flu symptoms include fever, sore throat, chest discomfort, headache, chills, muscle aches or soreness, and congestion. The flu can cause mild to severe illness and can become quite serious. A long-lasting "universal flu vaccine" that provides immunity against against the core of all strains, including those that humans could catch from animals, is what's needed. These individuals should stay home and avoid contact with other people.

Heather Holland, of Weatherford, Texas, fell ill last Monday and was diagnosed with the flu on Wednesday where she was prescribed Tamiflu. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

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