Dept. Of Health Reports Maryland Child Dies From Flu

The Department of Health has released that a child in Maryland has died from the flu and that this marks the first time this season that a minor has passed from the sickness.

In an official statement, the Dept. of Health said:

"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," Officials wrote in the release. "The Department detected its first laboratory-confirmed cases of seasonal influenza in November 2017. Currently, flu activity is categorized as high and widespread with the majority of this increased activity due to influenza type A (H3N2), although type A H1N1 and B strains are also circulating in Maryland. As is the case every season, this year's influenza vaccine formulation has coverage of strains of both type A and B influenza."

This story was first reported by WJLA.

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