Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: This time last year, flu cases were lower in Massachusetts than they are now, according to data on Google's Flu Trends. (Medford-specific data is not available on Flu Trends.)
Overall in Massachusetts, activity is considered high now, while it was considered moderate at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends.
If you're considering getting a flu shot, here are some places in and near Medford that offer the vaccine:
- CVS Pharmacy at 85 High St. (MinuteClinic in store), 55 Riverside Ave. or 590 Middlesex Fells Parkway
- Rite Aid, 467 Salem St. and 491 High St.
- Osco Pharmacy at Shaw's Supermarket, 61 Locust St.
- Stop & Shop Pharmacy, 760 Fellsway
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: