Flu is “Widespread” in Massachusetts

DPH reported last week that influenza-like illness (defined as a fever greater than 100 degrees F with cough and/or sore throat) was “widespread” in Massachusetts.  The rate of flu this year is greater than it was in the previous two years. In those years the flu peaked in February and March.  All parts of the state, except the central region are reporting increased influenza-like illness from previous weeks.   Detailed weekly flu surveillance reports are posted on the Mass Public Health Blog.  The national CDC reports that, surprisingly, roughly 3 out of 5 Americans have not yet received a flu vaccine for the 2017-18 flu season.