Today, we begin posting the Weekly Flu Report that's produced by our team of epidemiologists at the Hinton State Laboratory Institute throughout flu season. The goal of each weekly report is to provide detailed information on the impact of flu in our communities, as flu season continues. The documents look at flu from a variety of perspectives. What strains of flu are we seeing? How are flu rates varying between regions of the state? How does this flu season compare to previous years? You'll find the answers by clicking either of the links above.
To get the ball rolling, this week's flu report shows very low rates of flu-like illness in the state. This is entirely in keeping with what we usually see in Massachusetts so early in the flu season. Don't be fooled, though — we can expect these rates to rise in the coming months. The most effective way to keep yourself and your family healthy this flu season is to get vaccinated against the flu. The flu vaccine is safe, effective, and in more plentiful supply this year than ever before.
Call your health care provider to make an appointment, or use this handy online flu clinic locator to find flu vaccination opportunities in your area. And in the meantime, we'll see you back here next week!
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Highlights of the September 14th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Sep 14
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