Maryland officials confirm first cases of flu for the season


An unnamed child who tested positive for influenza B died between September 30 and October 6, the Florida Department of Healths Bureau of Epidemiology announced in a report about the first week of flu season.

This year's program, which will be carried out in two stages, is aimed at increasing the free vaccination coverage to 25 percent of the total population, the CDC said Sunday.

Getting the flu shot is the best way to protect yourself but a new national survey by Orlando Health found that a shocking number of parents are skeptical about the flu vaccine.

The agency's flu surveillance report did not say in which counties the deaths occurred.

The survey shows 56 per cent of Edmonton residents plan to get a flu shot this year, and 37 per cent of those who do not plan to get a vaccination believe a flu shot is not effective or only effective for previous strains. "It's important that we deal with the science and the facts", CBS News medical contributor Dr. Tara Narula said.

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The department said 125,000 people received the flu shot a year ago through the province's publicly funded vaccination program.

30 percent of the respondents thought flu shot is a conspiracy.

Indeed, if the vaccine doesn't prevent you from contracting the flu, it can still protect against the illness' severity.

The Department of Health office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Healthy Schools, founded by former Jacksonville Jaguars player Tony Boselli, said the clinics are getting back on track, offering in-school flu shots to students in the district. "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.