Maryland reports first two flu cases for the season

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Octubre 19, 2018

People also can stop by the pharmacy and get a flu shot, which is free through most insurance companies. "It's not a suppressed virus, so it can not technically give you influenza", Fristo said.

With flu season here, it is important to protect yourself in as many ways as possible. Experts say that's false.

Although there might be adverse side effects of flu shots, they are often mild and do not cause concern.

Additionally, the poll found Edmontonians who do not plan to get the shot believe it will make them sick. "If you are infected with the flu shortly after getting your flu shot, your body may not be able to fight it off", said Moorjani. "A flu vaccine offers the best defense against getting flu and spreading it to others", the CDC warns. These antibodies then protect you against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine.

Making it the deadliest season in more than four decades.

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According to the CDC, "all children aged 6 through 59 months" are at a higher risk for contracting flu, as well as "women who are or will be pregnant during the influenza season". The child had not been vaccinated.In the first week of the flu season, the state had only two flu or flu-like outbreaks.

Professionals say people should get a flu vaccine by the end of October, before flu season begins. "Obviously, there are colds and the flu going around", he says.

"It's hard to predict how badly an influenza season will be, just because the strains do change and can change over time and it's hard to predict when an influenza season will start", explained Sikora, who is AHS' acting senior medical officer of health. "You likely picked up a cold somewhere, and this was a coincidence".

While not ideal, the best way to prevent catching one of the influenza viruses is with the seasonal flu vaccine. "That's also not the flu".

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