Healthcare officials continue to encourage people to get a flu shot

After reports of widespread illness and even death this winter from the flu, the Middlesex County Office of Health Services would like to remind you that it is not too late to receive your flu shot.

Across the state, there were 6,083 flu cases reported according to the state's Department of Health.

The Centers for Disease Control released numbers showing almost 75,000 laboratory confirmed cases of the flu this month alone.

The public health director said there are many reasons to get a flu vaccine. "If you do get the flu shot, but you get the flu you're going to have a less lengthy illness and the chances of complications and the severity of the flu is going to be much less", said Christian.

"More and more cases everyday", Ingram said.

"The flu continues to hit DE hard, and we will likely continue to see flu activity continue for weeks to come", said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay. While these can be symptoms that come with the flu, they are more often the markers of common stomach virus'.

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Each year, the peak of the flu season occurs at different times.

Just as you take steps to protect yourself from the flu every year by getting vaccinated, veterinarians say it's important that for our dogs, we do the same. "Maybe because a lot of vets around here are vaccinating for it, we kind of got missed but we were surrounded by it". They're also seeing more cases earlier in the season than usual, which typically indicates a bad flu season. Kentucky has had six consecutive weeks of widespread flu activity, which "indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state". "I know of contacts who received the flu shot, still had the flu and were only sick for a couple of days".

Additionally, health officials recommend staying away from those exhibiting symptoms of the flu such as coughing, sneezing or fever. Make patients aware of the importance of antiviral medications to treat flu in people with severe illness and those at high risk. This figure includes four pediatric deaths, which brings the national tally to 30 this flu season.

"Unfortunately there is still a significant portion of the population that does not get immunized, for whatever reason", said Dr. Henry Dorkin, president of the Massachusetts Medical Society. The influenza virus, however, is responsible for causing the flu.

"Contact your doctor early if you think you might be coming down with the flu", said Dr. Williams.


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