Posted by John Jacob, a health communications writer and editor at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
This week's flu report (Word, PDF) indicates that rates of flu-like illness continue at roughly the same rate as last week's report. Getting vaccinated is the single most effective (and easy) way to keep yourself and your family healthy this flu season. As a matter of fact, flu rates typically don't peak until well into February and even March — so there's still plenty of time to get a flu shot. There's still lots of flu vaccine available, so call your health care provider to set up an appointment — or find a local flu vaccination clinic at www.mylocalclinic.com. In the meantime, best wishes for the Thanksgiving holiday!
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