Post Content

 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.

Written By:


health communication writer and editor

Recent Posts

Folic Acid for the Future! posted on Jan 18

Folic Acid for the Future!

We all know the common New Year’s resolutions this time of year: losing weight, getting more organized and catching up on sleep are at the top of many people’s lists!  But chances are, many women, in particular, are overlooking an important addition to their list:   …Continue Reading Folic Acid for the Future!

Weekly Flu Report, January 13, 2017 posted on Jan 13

The latest weekly flu report shows a slight decrease in rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts over the past 7 days. But flu can be unpredictable, and we’re not likely to see the peak of flu season until February or even March. So if you haven’t gotten a   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 13, 2017

Highlights of the January 11th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Jan 11

The first monthly PHC meeting of 2017 featured one Determination of Need (DoN) request, votes on two final amendments to regulations, and an informational briefing on proposed guidelines associated with the Determination of Need program. First, the Council took up a DoN application from Baystate Medical   …Continue Reading Highlights of the January 11th Public Health Council Meeting