Maryland reports first child death from flu

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"Most people who get the flu end up getting damage in their lungs that then allows them to have a bacterial infection overgrow and cause a pneumonia that kills them", Dr. Dirk Haselow, an epidemiologist with the Health Department, told The Associated Press. It could save your life. Of all 51 flu-related deaths in the state of Idaho, 29 were recorded in the Panhandle district, more than half of that total.

Susan Burchill, a spokeswoman with Wesley Healthcare, 550 N. Hillside, confirmed that the hospital has had two pediatric deaths from the flu.

Health officials say those two deaths were in fact linked to the flu, adding to the more than 50 children reported to have died from the flu across the country.

The latest weekly numbers of the number of flu cases in Monroe show another death, and an increase in the number of confirmed cases overall.

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Assistant state health officer Dr. Karen Landers warned last week the worst may not be over.

A CDC study released last year found that of children and teens who have died from the flu in recent years and whose vaccination status was known, three-quarters had not gotten the flu shot. Don't take unnecessary chances.

"In my personal experience, there's a strong correlation to, if you suddenly feel like you got hit by a truck, you probably have the flu".

Some will question the validity of taking a flu shot when reports have indicated this year's vaccine is not as effective as hoped.

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"We want to make sure that everyone out there is protected".

"Over in Australia, the statistics were very low, but here it's been about 30 to 33 percent chance you might get the flu".

The shot is about reducing your risk, not eliminating it. You can not get flu from the flu vaccine because an inactivated virus is used to make the vaccine. Get the shot. Always practice good hygiene.

In the Berks region, Montgomery County has had 2,160 cases since reporting began; Lancaster, 1,555; Lehigh, 1,541; Chester, 1,340; Lebanon, 539; and Schuylkill, 487. He also wants to point out, several deaths have been from patients who were sick with more than just the flu.

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And remember, stay home if you are sick.

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