MARYLAND – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza is considered widespread in 30 states, including Maryland. In the first week of 2019, three children across Germany died of influenza-related causes, reports the CDC.
The latest figures provided by the CDC are up-to-date from January 5 for the 2018-19 influenza season.
 So far, eight adults hospitalized for the flu have died in Maryland this season. In the state, no deaths were reported in children with influenza.
Maryland's most recent Maryland Influenza Surveillance Report (1
In the week ending Jan. 5, Maryland had three outbreaks and 44 influenza-type hospitalizations. According to the health department in Maryland. There were 107 samples tested positive for the flu, compared to 18 that had been positive in the previous week.
The flu can lead to serious illness, hospitalization and death. The most vulnerable groups are older people, very young children, pregnant women and people with certain chronic conditions, according to the CDC.
Maryland experienced the first influenza case of the season in October. The CDC expects that an increased flu effect will last for weeks.
"It's not too late to get vaccinated," said FDA Director Scott Gottlieb in a statement.
According to CDC, these are the symptoms of the flu:
- fever or fever or chills (not everyone who has the flu)
- sore throat
- runny or stuff nose
- muscle or body pain
- Fatigue / fatigue
- Some people may experience vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children than adults)
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According to the CDC, Maryland and 29 other states reported on a widespread flu activity for the week that ended on 5 January, while the other states recorded regional, local or sporadic flu activities. The geographic spread of influenza activity does not measure the severity of the virus.
The A (H1N1) viruses have dominated in most parts of the country, but the A (H3N2) viruses have dominated the southeast US CDC says it is still too early to assess how severe This influenza season will be, but since the onset of the H1N1 virus in 2009 has been associated with significant illness and serious illness in infants,
Maryland Of Season Confirmed
The CDC says that in most seasons, about 80 percent of children who die are not vaccinated. The agency cited a study stating that the vaccine reduces the risk of death by 65 percent in healthy children and by 50 percent in children at high risk.
It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to protect against the flu. Further information on the flu vaccine and its benefits can be found here.
With the CDC Flu Vaccine Finder, you can find a pharmacy or clinic near you that will provide the vaccine:
– By Patch Editors Feroze Dhanoa and Elizabeth Janney
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