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Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 10/14/2010

Md. reports 1st flu case of the season

By Washington Post editors

Maryland is reporting its first flu case of the season and health officials are urging nearly everyone over six months old to get vaccinated.

State health officials say the first case has been determined to be the swine flu strain involved in last year’s pandemic. They say this year’s vaccine protects against that strain as well as two others expected to be most prevalent this flu season. Health Department spokesman David Paulson said Thursday that the first case involves an adult from the Baltimore area who was hospitalized, but is recovering.

State health officials say the vaccine is in good supply and they are urging nearly everyone over six months old to get flu shots. Paulson says vaccination had not been recommended in the past for healthy adults, but last year’s pandemic affected that group.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | October 14, 2010; 12:41 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! PANIC!

Posted by: blackforestcherry | October 14, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Well, I had the flu once in my life and I am almost 40. I was so sick with H1N1 that I was hospitalized 3 weeks and nearly didn't make it. It turned to pneumonia and then to respitory distress. I was on full life support in a drug-induced coma for the whole thing. Woke up and was too weak to walk. I got the vaccine. I swear I wasn't concerned and wondered what the big deal was. I would have liked to have had the shot and skipped the feeding tubes, respirators, stressed out family and huge bill.

Posted by: kgyong | October 19, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

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