The Maryland Department of Health announced the first confirmed cases of the flu Tuesday, an adult and child in Central Maryland and the Eastern Shore.
They didn’t provide further details about the victims because of privacy laws.
The flu, or influenza, is a respiratory disease spread through coughing, sneezing and other direct contact with someone who is infected or contaminated objects.
Symptoms include fever, body aches, fatigue, coughing, and sore throat. Severe cases can lead to hospitalizations and death.
State health officials encouraged people to get vaccinated.