Posted by John Jacob, a health communications writer and editor at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Rates of flu-like illness ticked downward slightly over the past week, according to the latest weekly flu report (Word, PDF). Meanwhile, scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data that indicate this flu season may be more severe than recent years. And here in New England, flu rates don't peak until February or March — all of which is to say there's still plenty of time to protect yourself against the flu this winter by getting vaccinated. Celebrate National Influenza Vaccination Week by calling your health care provider to get a flu shot or searching for a local flu clinic at www.mylocalclinic.com.
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