BALTIMORE (AP/WBOC)- Maryland health officials say they are seeing a surge in flu cases as the influenza season comes to a close.
The state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene says the increase began in late February.
Officials say the type of flu recorded - type A (H1N1) - is covered by this year's vaccine.
State health officials recommend frequent hand washing, disinfecting surfaces and coughing and sneezing into a tissue or an elbow in order to prevent the spread and contraction of the disease.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends anyone older than six months old get vaccinated.
For more information about the seriousness of seasonal influenza and the benefits of vaccination, visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/ or http://goo.gl/y4YpFX, or call CDC at 800-CDC-INFO. Stay up-to-date on influenza activity in Maryland by visiting http://dhmh.maryland.gov/fluwatch for weekly updates.