A Kaiser Permanente doctor will take questions about the flu from Twitter users in a Tuesday afternoon chat.
Kaiser Permanente's South Baltimore County Medical Center will open in Arbutus this spring.
The number of flu reports in Maryland is the highest seen in several years. Earlier this month, one emergency room physician told Patch that Greater Baltimore Medical Center received the most flu reports it had seen since the H1N1 pandemic in 2009.
Nationally, 47 states report widespread flu activity, and hospitalizations are up compared with years past, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control. Twenty children have died of flu-related causes since October, according to the CDC.