Maryland officials confirm first cases of flu for the season

19 October, 2018, 08:45 | Author: Lillian Steele
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"Influenza seasons vary in timing, severity and length", officials at the Florida Department of Health said in a statement on Monday, adding that the number of cases was expected to climb in the coming weeks.

"My youngest child got the flu a year ago before we were able to get our flu shots, and he was miserable for about four days", said McMichael. If your child is under the age of eight and it is the first time they've received the flu shot, they will need two shots, spaced a month apart, to build up their resistance.

The health unit this week announced six community clinics, 33 Sarnia-Lambton pharmacies, and various primary care practitioners will be offering influenza inoculations soon.

They're asking them to get flu shots for their children who are 6-months-old or older.

"The flu vaccine is the best protection against the flu", said Dr. Moorjani.

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As of October 12th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that during the 2017-18 flu season, 183 influenza-associated pediatric deaths occurred. Overall, an estimated 80,000 Americans died from flu last season. She said the vaccine is updated to protect against viruses it is believed will be circulating during the upcoming season. The child was otherwise healthy, with no known underlying medical conditions. "A flu vaccine offers the best defense against getting flu and spreading it to others", the CDC warns.

"Additionally, we recommend that women who are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant get their flu vaccine", Lund said.

For years, doctors have stressed the importance of vaccinating adults and children against the flu. This changes annually, which, along with waning immunity, is why it's recommended that you get a flu shot every year.

While influenza viruses circulate year-round, in the United States the time flu activity generally peaks is December through February. Flu symptoms include a fever that lasts 3-4 days, body aches, chills, tiredness, cough and headache.

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