Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: This time last year, flu cases were lower in Boston than they are now, according to data on Google's Flu Trends. (Swampscott-specific data is unavailable on Flu Trends.)
Overall in Massachusetts, activity is considered high now, while it was considered low at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends.
If you're considering getting a flu shot, Swampscott will be hosting a free flu clinic on Wednesday, Dec. 26, from 9 am to 1 pmin the second-floor conference room at Swampscott Town Hall, 22 Monument Avenue Please bring your insurance cards
Here are some places near Swampscott that offer the vaccine (besides your own doctor, of course):
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: