When the state reported its first laboratory-confirmed flu cases on Tuesday, local health authorities are recommending that residents of the districts receive their flu vaccine as soon as possible.
One adult and one woman were diagnosed with two laboratory-confirmed cases of seasonal influenza in the central and eastern shore regions, the Maryland Department of Health announced on Tuesday. The flu strains for the two confirmed cases are Type A (H1) and Type B (Victoria).
Influenza, short for influenza, is an infectious respiratory disease that costs the country billions of dollars in lost productivity and unfavorable health care costs. In addition to fever, body aches, tiredness, cough and sore throat, the flu can lead to complications and even death.
As the circulating influenza viruses change from year to year, it is recommended to vaccinate annually. And the best time to do it is now.
The flu season mostly lasts from the beginning of October to the end of April. Florida has reported flu-related death nationwide in Florida
A Florida-born child with no underlying medical condition has recently died in Florida. The child's death was the first influenza flu death reported in the flu season.
"It's a real disease, it's a real risk," Dr. Meena Brewster of St. Mary's County Health Officer this week.
Brewster said it was too early to explain the trend this year, but this flu season started early Were influenza cases diagnosed long before the confirmed cases were reported by the state this week?
"Just like last year, we expect this to be a strong flu season," she said.
Last school year, St. Mary's public In schools, the number of students who were absent from school due to the flu increased tenfold [1
"One is too much," said Melanie Gardiner, director of health nurse program at the Charles County Department of Health, most recently by phone week. "Absolutely vaccinated, everyone must be vaccinated so that we can prevent flu in the community."
While the success rate of flu vaccines varies from year to year, health experts emphasize that this is the best protection against a potentially fatal disease.
Calvert Health Larry Polsky said over the phone last week that people still have the flu after vaccination, but the symptoms are probably less severe and treatment shorter.
Because influenza is a very contagious disease, Polsky said vaccinated not only protects one's own health, but also reduces the chance of passing it on to others, especially to weaker people with weakened immune systems.
Unlike the previous two years, CDC recommends a nasal spray called FluMist for women who are not pregnant and those who are between 2 and 49 years old. People with certain conditions should not receive the nasal spray flu vaccine.
However, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises all eligible children to choose a traditional flu shot as their first choice and to reserve the nasal spray for children who reject the shot. I agree to get the spray.
"We will not choose between two groups of experts," said Polsky. "For anyone who is suitable for the fog, they should talk to their family doctor to see if that's a good choice."
Other preventative measures are hand washing often, especially after coughing, sneezing, blowing or wiping the mouth and covering the mouth when coughing or sneezing.
Residents can receive flu vaccines at their GP practice, at some local pharmacies and at their local health department, as well as at the immunization clinics run by health departments in the region.
The coming vaccine clinics of the Charles County Department of Health are:
• Thursday, November 1, 3 to 7 pm, Piccowaxen Middle School, 12834 Rock Point Road, Newburg
• Saturday, November 3, 10 am at 14 o'clock, Charles County Department of Health, 4545 Crain Highway, White Plains.
• Thursday, November 8, 4 to 7 pm, Smallwood Middle School, 4990 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head.
• Tuesday, November 13, 3 to 7 pm, T Homas Stone High School, 3785 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf
• Thursday, December 13, 3 to 7 pm, Charles County Dept. of Health, 4545 Crain Highway , White Plains
For more information on influenza clinics, go to www.CharlesCountyHealth.org, or call the Charles County Department of Health at 301-609-6900.
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