Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: This time last year, flu cases were lower in Danvers than they are now, according to data on Google's Flu Trends. While Danvers-specific data is not available, flu cases are up right now over the same time last year in the greater-Boston area, according to Google's 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, there's one place in the two that offers the vaccine (besides your own doctor, of course):
Nearby, you can also get a flu shot at Rite Aid in either Beverly or Ipswich, CVS in North Beverly and Allen's Pharmacy in Manchester-by-the-Sea, plus the multiple other CVS and Walgreens locations in Beverly and Danvers.
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: