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 Posted by John Jacob, a health communications writer and editor at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Rates of flu-like illness have risen in Massachusetts during the past week and flu can now be considered "widespread", which is the highest classification on the flu activity scale. That's according to the latest weekly flu report (Word, PDF).

This tracks with what other states in the Northeast are reporting, and is also consistent with what we typically see during most flu seasons. We'll probably see these numbers continue to rise in the coming weeks, and not begin to peak until well in February or March.

Now is the perfect time to get a flu shot if you haven't gotten one yet — there's still plenty of vaccine available and plenty of places to get it. Check with your health care provider or search for a flu vaccine opportunity in your neck of the woods at www.mylocalclinic.com.

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