Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: This time last year, flu cases were lower in the Boston-area than they are now, according to data on Google's Flu Trends. (Framingham-specific data is not available on 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, here are some places in Framingham that offer the vaccine (besides your own doctor, of course):
Walgreens, 624 Waverly St.
CVS, 776 Water St. in Nobscot
CVS, 1280 Worcester Rd.
Walgreens, 653 Worcester Rd.
For more locations, enter your zip code into the widget in this article.
According to this week's CDC Flu activity report, influenza levels are on the increase across the country.
Eight states – Alabama, Alaska, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and South Carolina – 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: