Report: Early flu cases in Massachusetts has doubled


Massachusetts has seen more than twice as many flu cases this year as last, and it’s early in the season.

According to the state’s weekly flu report, there had been 197 confirmed influenza “Type A” cases by this point last year.

This year, that number is at 466, with 148 cases reported across the state just in the last week. Fifteen cases were confirmed in western Massachusetts.

One family in Williamsburg said they had to all cancel traveling plans after contracting the virus.

“We all got hit with the flu and had to cancel our plane tickets to go far away over the holidays,” Markelle Smith told 22News. “Then we sort of reconsidered, and now are pretty diligent most years about getting the flu shot.” 

According to the CDC, Massachusetts was one of three states reporting “widespread” flu activity by December 8.

The Department of Public Health reminded residents that flu season doesn’t peak until February or March, so there is still time to get a vaccination.

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