Maryland officials confirm first cases of flu for the season

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An estimated 80,000 Americans died of flu and its complications last winter - the disease's highest death toll in at least four decades.

Dr Walters believes many are suspicious about their unrelated sniffles around the time of getting the flu shot. According to the CDC every person over the age of 6 months should get vaccinated. The child, the first to die in the state, had not received a flu vaccination.

"After extensive studies, we know that the flu vaccine is safe", said Moorjani.

For more information regarding the 2018-2019 updated influenza vaccines and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) vaccine recommendations, visit the CDC website for more information.

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Flu activity remains low across the state, according to the health department, but it's expected to pick up in the coming weeks.

The state's flu reporting season runs from September 1 to May 31.

In DuPage County, 167 people were admitted to hospital intensive care units with flu-related complications during the 2017-18 season, which was up almost 100 cases from the previous year.

A total of 192 people in the South Zone were admitted to the hospital with lab-confirmed influenza, with seven deaths reported a year ago.

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Child's death first of the flu seasonTALLAHASSEE, Fla. They encourage everyone to get protected before the end of the month. And she adds that now is the right time to get the shot before the season starts to ramp up.

Last year's flu vaccination was about 40 percent effective. They polled more than 2,000 people, including 700 people with children under the age of 18. So even if you've never had the flu before or you think you're too healthy to get it, don't gamble because your luck may eventually run out.

"It's hard to predict how badly an influenza season will be, just because the strains do change and can change over time and it's hard to predict when an influenza season will start", explained Sikora, who is AHS' acting senior medical officer of health.

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