Newton Health Commissioner Dori Zaleznik said the number of confirmed flu cases have jumped significantly from last year's numbers.
As Boston Mayor Thomas Menino declared a health emergency on Wednesday morning due to Boston's flu outbreak, the city of Newton is also battling a high number of flu cases this season. The city of Newton has had 131 confirmed cases of the flu so far this season, according to Newton Health & Human Services Commissioner Dori Zaleznik, a significant jump from last season. "We're definitely seeing a lot of flu this year," Zaleznik told Newton Patch Wednesday afternoon. At this time last year, the city had no confirmed cases of the flu, Zaleznik said, and just two cases were confirmed the entire season. And for every confirmed case of the flu, there are many more unconfirmed in the city, Zaleznik added. "We're seeing the same pattern as many …
Here's where to get an influenza vaccine, how to recognize symptoms and what to know about treatment if you get sick.
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- John Ness
Friday, December 14, 2012
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): More locations 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 …