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A child just died from flu-related symptoms for the first time this season in Maryland


BALTIMORE, Md. (ABC7) — Sad news out of Maryland where officials are reporting the first flu-related pediatric death of the season.

Department of Health officials say they can't give specific details about the case, but announced in a release Tuesday that one child has died.

"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."

The news comes as millions nationwide battle symptoms during a brutal flu season.

Less than a week ago, a school in Fredericksburg, Virginia closed for the day because of the number of staffers, students and substitute teachers who were out sick.

CDC officials are urging people to wash their hands, get plenty of sleep and try to keep surfaces clean to avoid getting sick.

Already this year, dozens of children have reportedly died from the flu.

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