Influenza is here in Maryland.

There have been 11 laboratory-tested cases of the flu confirmed in the state since Sept. 1, according to a press release from the Maryland Department of Health. 

So far, the majority of cases were the H3N2 strain, which is type Influenza A. There have also been a few cases of Influenza B strains. Both are protected in this year's flu vaccine, which is available. 

It is unclear if the early cases of the flu means it will be a bad year, Secretary Robert Neall said in the release. 

The flu vaccine is recommended for anyone six months and older. Common symptoms of the flu include fever, body aches, fatigue, a sore throat and coughing. 

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Heather Mongilio is the health and Fort Detrick reporter for the Frederick News-Post. She can be reached at

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