Posted by John Jacob, a health communications writer and editor at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
We've begun to see an uptick in flu rates in Massachusetts, according to the latest weekly flu report (Word, PDF). If this flu season is like most previous ones, we can expect to see flu rates continue on the upswing into the new year, and not even peak until late February or March. The good news is that there continues to be plenty of flu vaccine available and it's absolutely not too late to protect yourself and your family by getting a flu shot. Call your health care provider to make an appointment, or search for a convenient local flu vaccination clinic near you at www.mylocalclinic.com.
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