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

This week's flu report (Word, PDF) shows that rates of flu-like illness continued to drop during the past week. This is certainly welcome news, however it's important to note that we can expect to continue to see flu activity in our communities well into spring. If you have yet to be vaccinated, it's absolutely not to late to do so. Contact your health care provider or visit a local pharmacy in your community – there is still plenty of flu vaccine available. And in the meantime, keep covering those coughs and sneezes with your elbow, wash your hands often with soap and warm water, and stay home from work or school if you're sick.

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