Hi everyone and welcome back to the “Flu Facts” category on the DPH blog. This week marks the official beginning of our weekly reports on the amounts of flu-like illness we’re seeing in the state. We’ll be posting these reports every week between now and the end of flu season in May.
As you’ll see in this week’s report, we’re currently seeing very little evidence of flu in our communities. That’s about normal for this early in the flu season – we usually don’t see a lot of flu until late November or early December, and the flu season usually doesn’t peak until February or early March.
The good news is that we expect to have more flu vaccine available this year than ever before. And the even better news is that one flu vaccine does it all – there’s no need for a separate H1N1 flu shot like last year. That’s because this year’s vaccine protects against all three major strains of flu that are circulating this season, including H1N1.
To get vaccinated, contact your health care provider or search for a clinic in your area. If you don’t see one near you, please check back as we head into the fall. More locations will continue to be added to the list. And for the latest news on flu season in Massachusetts, check back here.
Weekly Flu Report, December 19, 2014 posted on Dec 19
Rates of flu-like illness increased slightly over the past seven days in Massachusetts, as indicated in the latest weekly flu report. Flu season doesn’t tend to peak until later in February or even March – so there is still plenty of time to get vaccinated …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 19, 2014
Weekly Flu Report, December 12, 2014 posted on Dec 12
This week’s flu report shows a slight dip in rates of flu-like illness since last week’s report – which is entirely in keeping with the unpredictable nature of flu season. One thing we know for sure is that no matter what, the single best way to …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 12, 2014
Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, December 10, 2014 posted on Dec 10
The December monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured the consideration of one Determination of Need (DoN) request, two votes on final amendments to existing regulations, and an informational presentation to the Council on a key DPH community initiative. First, the Council took up …Continue Reading Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, December 10, 2014