First pediatric flu death reported in Maryland
BALTIMORE, Md. (WBFF) - The Maryland Department of Health reported its first flu-related pediatric death Tuesday.
The department said it could not provide any more details about the child's age or address.
The U.S. is in the midst of a particularly bad flu season.
In the 2015-2016 flu season - the most recent flu season for which the Maryland Department of Health has an influenza summary - one pediatric death was reported for the whole season.
"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,' said the health department in a news release Tuesday.
"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," according to the news release.