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Flu Cases Up 15-Fold in Arlington This Season

It's not too late to get vaccinated.

Arlington has 77 confirmed cases of the flu so far this season, a more than 15-fold increase over the town’s five confirmed cases last season, Christine Connolly, the town’s director of health and human services, wrote in an email Thursday evening.

And the 77 confirmed cases only represent a fraction of people in town who have had the flu, according to Connolly.

“The confirmed cases are only those that are tested by a doctor or at a hospital,” she wrote. “The actual number of cases is expected to be much higher.”

This flu season started in early December. The last flu season went from late March through early April, Connolly wrote.

Boston Under ‘Public Health Emergency’

Arlington is one of many communities in Massachusetts experiencing a flu spike this season. Neighboring Somerville ran out of flu vaccinations Tuesday, and the city of Boston declared a public health emergency Wednesday as instances of the flu were ten times higher than they were last year.

Also Wednesday, the state Department of Public Health reported 18 flu-related deaths in the commonwealth so far this season.

More Arlington Flu Clinics?

Arlington had an additional flu clinic last Thursday, and Connolly wrote that the town is in the process of trying to access additional vaccine to host more clinics.

“We do not have anything set as of yet,” she wrote, “and will post immediately any information once it is available.”

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Roughly 2,100 residents have been vaccinated through the town so far this season, up from 2,000 last year, Connolly wrote.

According to the CDC, there is still time to get a flu shot. In addition to the town’s clinics, most pharmacies in Arlington have flu shots available (locations).

Preventative Steps

For more information on how to help prevent the spread of flu, see the attached video or visit the CDC's flu website.

winifredtigerlily January 11, 2013 at 02:52 PM
I am one of the arlington flu statistics, and sure wish I had gotten a shot. next year!
Wind Dummy 25 January 11, 2013 at 11:40 PM
Stay home if your sick...Wrap yourself in a cocoon of plastic for the next 36 hours please, I haven't got it...Limit humidity in your house open the shades let as much sun in as possible...The flu bug hates this...If you don't have it do this...No kissing or shaking hands only fist bumps...Don't touch anything in public! People are friggin animals! Kids are even worse. Even better, just wave. If you do get it there is no quick cures. Warm scotch whiskey or bourbons will help, probably can't taste anyway...No dairy no sugars alka seltzer plus has better anti histamines than nite quill, in 4 weeks you'll feel better.
John January 12, 2013 at 05:32 AM
sounds like you've been mixing scotch, whiskey, bourbon, and nitequil. YIKES

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