Maryland confirms first case of flu of the season

Health officials confirmed Maryland's first case of seasonal flu in an adult in the Baltimore region on Friday and have urged state residents to get a flu shot.
According to officials at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the first laboratory-confirmed case of the flu last season was reported in mid-October, Hometown Annapolis reports.

Experts recommend that most people over the age of six months get a flu shot. Those who haven't been vaccinated have been urged to do so now because the peak of the flu season is in January and February and it takes two weeks for the vaccine to take effect.
"It's on its way, so be prepared," Elin Jones, a spokeswoman for the county Department of Health, said, according to Hometown Annapolis.
Jones said that even if a case of laboratory-confirmed influenza hasn't been reported in a particular area, it does not mean the strain is not there. Because many mistake the flu for a common cold and don't seek medical care, those cases are not documented.
The current vaccine is aimed at three strains of influenza virus, including the type A H1N1 virus, type A H1N2 virus and type B. The flu virus is spread through sneezing and coughing and can also be spread via contact with infected people and contaminated objects or surfaces.