Cases of seasonal influenza have already been confirmed in other parts of Maryland and parents are encouraged to have their children vaccinated.
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs. The flu causes mild to severe illness and at times can lead to death.
Children, especially school-age children, are more likely to catch the flu. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year, the news release states.
Seasonal influenza vaccine is designed to protect against the three or four influenza viruses that research indicates are most likely to spread and cause illness among people during the upcoming flu season.
Because flu viruses are constantly changing, the vaccine composition is reviewed each year and is updated as needed based on which influenza viruses are making people sick, the news release states.