Flu season is coming early in some parts of the country: This time last year, flu cases were lower in Boston than they are now, according to data on Google's Flu Trends.
Overall in Massachusetts, activity is considered high now; it was considered moderate at this time last year, according to Flu Trends.
If you're considering getting a flu shot, here are some places in Newton that offer the vaccine (besides your own doctor, of course):
- Walgreens - Four Corners
- CVS - Newtonville
- CVS - Newton Centre
- Wagreens - Newton Centre
- CVS - Upper Falls
- CVS - West Newton
- Wagreens - Nonantum/West Newton
- The Newton Dept. of Health & Human Serivces will hold a free flu clinic for residents at the Newton Free Library on Tuesday, Dec. 18 from 4:15 p.m. - 6 p.m. Visit the city's website for more information and to download the community flu clinic form.
According to this week's CDC Flu activity report, influenza levels are on the increase across the country.
Five states – Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee – are reporting flu rates not normally seen until January, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The flu season normally peaks in January and February.
Holiday travel and more time spent indoors due to soggy weather will contribute to the spread of the flu virus, so now is the time to get vaccinated.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers the following information: