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This week's flu report shows very low levels of flu activity in Massachusetts, as in previous weeks. While we wait for flu season to kick into high gear, now's a great time to talk about the simple ways that you can protect yourself and your family from getting or spreading the flu. First, the single most effective step you can take is to get a flu shot. There are plentiful supplies of flu vaccine available this year, so call your health care provider or look for a community clinic in your area by clicking on this searchable database.

It's also important to remember to wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water, to cover your cough or sneeze with your inner arm rather than your hands, and stay home from work or school if you're sick. And be sure to check back here for more details about flu in Massachusetts throughout flu season.

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