City public health director says city also out of flu vaccine but referring people to pharmacies.
Medford's public health director told Patch that the city has seen a marked increase in confirmed cases of the flu over last year. In addition, Karen Rose said the city's health department does not have any flu vaccine at this time outside of a few doses of high-dose vaccine meant for individuals over the age of 65. Despite that, Rose said there is no reason for panic and the city is re-directing people to local pharmacies and other locations where vaccine is available. Rose said so far this flu season there have been 63 confirmed cases in Medford and that's up significantly from last year, when there were just 15 confirmed cases. "We did our clinics in September and October," Rose said, adding the city gave out approximately 2,500 doses …
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
Thursday, December 13, 2012
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: 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 …