Lab test confirms city teen first Md. flu case of season


A Baltimore teen-ager is Maryland's first laboratory-confirmed case of Type A influenza for the 2003-2004 flu season, the state health department announced yesterday.

"Although the flu is here in Maryland, it is not too late to get a vaccination," said state health Secretary Nelson J. Sabatini. "We encourage anyone who has not had their shot, especially those in high-risk categories, to contact their physician or health care provider."

Flu symptoms include fever, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches and extreme fatigue. To avoid the flu, get the inoculation, avoid prolonged contact with people who have possible symptoms, eat balanced meals, get adequate rest and wash hands frequently.

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