First flu-related child death reported in Maryland this year

First flu-related child death reported in Maryland this year

First flu-related child death reported in Maryland this year

In Tennessee, the health department is reporting six children and one pregnant woman have died from the flu.

Paula Cahill, a nurse practitioner at Student Health Services, said City College ordered 600 shots for this year's flu season to give away for free on a first-come-first-serve basis, and 100 additional shots available for sale.

A different way of funding the hunt is needed and it won't be easy because right now, the drug companies are quite happy making $3bn a year on annual flu vaccines that usually aren't that effective, as anyone who had the shot and still got ill can attest.

It is "not unusual for this time of year", spokesman Tom Kramer said.

Meanwhile in America, this current flu season is turning out to be a rough one.

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Dr. Alicia Fry with the Centers for Disease Control said we could still have several more weeks of flu season.

As the most recent Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and UCSB Student Health reports show, the Gaucho community is not immune to the outbreak.

The dominant H3N2 strain, dubbed the "Aussie flu", has been wreaking havoc this year and the flu vaccine is only 34 percent effective against this particular strain. We also continue to hear reports of crowded hospitals and spot shortages of antiviral medications and rapid influenza tests. He said the flu is still active in Washington and considered widespread in the majority of other states.

State and local infectious disease experts say this flu season has been a tough one.

"It is not too late to get vaccinated", said Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive for MDHHS.

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"We encourage all students to get a flu shot to protect themselves, which we offer [at Student Health] without an appointment daily and on Fridays 1:30-3:30 p.m.in an "express" flu shot clinic", she said. If you are experiencing fever, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, cough, muscle aches and headaches, visit your doctor immediately, and take antivirals if prescribed.

But the flu, which has so far claimed the lives of more than 37 children and 85 adults in the United States, can cause potentially fatal complications, for adults of any age.

People can reduce the spread of the virus by staying home when sick, getting the flu shot and practicing good hand hygiene. As a result, the current flu vaccine, developed early a year ago, has been less effective than usual.

Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

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