They’re treating more flu cases at American Family Care centers in Springfield and West Springfield.
The National Centers for Disease Control reported that Massachusetts was among the 21 states where influenza was widespread. Weeks later, the American Family Care centers were reporting an upsurge in flu cases in the Springfield area.
Physician’s Assistant Jessica Batchelder told 22News, it has not been a milder infection for patients who had gotten their flu shots this season.
“Not even remotely, no it’s not milder, if anything they’re completely debilitated, it’s even worse than the people who didn’t get their flu shots,” said Batchelder.
An employee at the West Springfield AFC office just returned to work after the flu kept her at home for a week.
She declined to go on camera, but she told 22News she got sick despite getting the flu vaccine but it could have been worse.
“Well, it didn’t feel good. No, you definitely felt sick, I think I had a mild case because I had the vaccine, it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.”
We’re still in the midst of the flu season.
Doctors recommend that everyone over six months of age receive a flu shot, that it’s still the best protection against the terrible symptoms.