DHMH says the number of cases is trending downward.
It's been a mild winter so far this year, but what about the flu. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene says there have been fewer cases of influenza this year compared to 2011.
The agency says there are no hard numbers as influenza is not a reportable disease. "So what we can do is we can see trends. And what we can see is the flu season continues, but the numbers are lower than past years," says Maria Said with the CDC's Epidemic Intelligence Services, whose assigned to DHMH.
She says some of those trends include visits by patients with flu-like symptoms to doctor's offices and hospital emergency rooms.
But Said reminds Marylanders that the flu season is still with us, and we need to get vaccinated, if we haven't already. "It's available, and it's not too late at all," she says.
In addition to the shots, Said urges residents to take precautionary measures to prevent the spread of flu. That includes frequent handwashing, and covering your mouth with your sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
The flu season usually peaks in January and February, but it can last into May.
So does the warm weather have any impact on the severity of the flu season, Said was asked. "It is possible that weather might have some kind of impact on flu rates," she responds. "But it's not anything that we know. Because there are so many things that affect the rates of flu and the rates of other disease, it would be very difficult to tease that out."