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."
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.