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Weekly Report: Download Influenza_Report_23DEC09 

As you can see in this week's report (posted early in recognition of the holidays), the amount of flu-like illness in the state continues to decline. This is wonderful news to share, but it's important to remember that flu season here in New England typically lasts well into April. We could see additional waves of flu in the coming months, so we encourage everyone to stay vigilant by getting the H1N1 vaccine, and by continuing to practice good health hygiene. This includes coughing or sneezing into a tissue or into your elbow instead of into your hand, and washing your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially after you cough or sneeze.

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