Maryland officials confirm first cases of flu for the season

Maryland officials confirm first cases of flu for the season

The Florida Department of Health's Bureau of Epidemiology on Monday announced that the unidentified Florida child tested positive for influenza B and died between September 30 and October 6. Plus, a child in Florida has already died from the flu.

An unvaccinated child in Florida has become the first death of flu season, officials say.

About 80,000 Americans, including 180 children, died last year in the deadliest flu season in more than 40 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While the Surgeon General urges people to get the shot, it's still unknown if President Trump has recently been vaccinated.

While the Health Department expects its shipment of the flu mist to arrive in the next week or so, the flu shot is in stock and available.

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"The influenza vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from becoming ill with influenza", said Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services Fran Phillips, RN, MHA. This is because the vaccine is either an "inactivated version" of the virus or has no flu vaccine viruses at all.

30 percent of the respondents thought flu shot is a conspiracy. One reason people believe this is that they get vaccinated in the fall and winter when other circulating viruses are causing cold and flu-like symptoms.

Flu activity remains low across the state, according to the health department, but it's expected to pick up in the coming weeks. They encourage everyone to get protected before the end of the month.

'If you should feel sore more than a couple of days, contact your doctor'.

Pharmacists can now offer the flu shot to people five years and older; previously, pharmacists weren't permitted to provide the shot to Albertans nine years old or younger.

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