The Associated Press

Report: Flu Now Widespread In Mass.

Federal health officials have added Massachusetts to the list of states where the flu is now widespread.

The latest flu report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the week that ended Dec. 21 says the flu is now widespread in Massachusetts and nine other states – Alabama, Alaska, Kansas, Louisiana, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Wyoming.

State health officials say there is still time to protect yourself by getting a flu shot.

Health experts say they’re seeing some cases of swine flu, also called H1N1, but they note this year’s flu vaccine defends against the swine flu.

Tests have confirmed nearly 860 flu cases across the state this season. No deaths have been reported. There were nearly 6,700 confirmed cases in Massachusetts last season.

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  • X-Ray

    How many of the flu cases had a flu shot this year?

    • Richard Hussong

      It’s unlikely that anyone knows the answer to that question yet, as it takes time to compile the relevant statistics. If you are actually interested in the efficacy of flu vaccine, you could read some of the references at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/vaccineeffect.htm

      • X-Ray

        I was interested in this year’s flu disease and it’s control by this year’s specific vaccine, not the flu vaccine in general.

  • Michael

    No wonder that gossips replace real journalism (or at least WBUR’s). There should have been obvious research done by any journalist: how many cases of people who got the disease had been vaccenated prior getting sick; is it one particular virus or bacteria responsible for all influenza cases; does the current vaccine in MA prevents the particular virus/bacteria call is the disease. So, if journalists do not know, maybe someone from the reading community would, then please let all of us know.

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