Karen Black

Flu 411: What everyone needs to know

Flu 411: What everyone needs to know

It's flu season in Baltimore.

A few days after Christmas, Baltimore resident Kathleen Dudley began experiencing telltale signs of the flu — fever, chills, body aches, sore throat, cough and overall exhaustion.

"The worst part — the fever and chills — lasted for about 24 hours," she says. "But the fatigue and cold symptoms lasted much longer."

According to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, between Oct. 1 and Jan. 5, 6,273 Marylanders tested positive for influenza; nearly 30 percent of those positive tests occurred during the week ending Jan. 5.

"According to the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention], this year's...