The 2017-2018 influenza (flu) season is underway, and the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) urges schools, child care centers and family child care homes to take precautions to protect children from seasonal flu, as well as a type of flu called H3N2v variant flu.

In September, Maryland health officials identified the H3N2v variant flu virus in people who had close contact with pigs at several Maryland fairs. Additionally, the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) identified this same virus in Maryland pigs that were exhibited at these fairs. Continue reading…