1st child dies from the flu in Maryland this season

Scientists worldwide are seeking improved and universal flu vaccines.

BALTIMORE – The first flu-related child death in Maryland this season has been reported by health officials.

The Maryland Department of Health says that the child died from the flu Tuesday. Maryland public health officials have detected a marked increase in influenza activity since mid to late December and are warning the public to take measures to prevent influenza, especially by getting the influenza vaccine.

“Influenza is an extremely serious, and sometimes deadly, disease, and this flu season has been proven to be particularly severe,” said Dr. Howard Haft, deputy secretary for Public Health Services. “We’re continuing to urge Marylanders to get their flu shots, stay home from work if they are sick, and practice other preventative measures to stop the spread of flu.”

The CDC recommends you take the following steps to help prevent catching the flu:      

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Practice other good health habits such as these:
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.
    • Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.

For more information on the flu, visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu/.