Flu widespread across Massachusetts, officials say


FLU IS NOW CONSIDEREED
WIDESPREAD IN MASSACHUSETTS. MANY PEOPLE WITH SYMPTOMS ARE
HEADING TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM,
BUT HOSPITALS SAY THERE ARE
OTHER OPTIONS TO GET TREATED. NEWSCENTER FIVE’S MARY SALADNA
IS LIVE IN WEYMOUTH WITH THAT
MESSAGE. MARY: YOU CAN CERTAINLY CALL
YOUR OWN DOCTOR OR WALK IN TO
ONE OF THE MANY URGENT CARE
CENTERS NOW OPERATING LIKE THIS
ONE HERE ON THE SOUTH SHORE. THE GOOD NEWS, SO FAR, WE ARE
NOT SEEING THE TYPE OF EXTREME
FLU CASES WE SAW LAST YEAR. YOU’LL REMEMBER, THE FLU VACCINE
WAS ONLY MODERATELY EFFECTIVE
LAST YEAR, AND WE HAD AN
AGGRESSIVE STRAIN OF INFLUENZA,
THAT RESULTED IN A LOT MORE
HOSPITALIZATIONS AND DEATH THIS YEAR, THE CDC IS EXPECTING
THE VACCINE WILL BE A BETTER
MATCH. THE EXPERTS ARE ENCOURAGING YOU
GET A FLU SHOT, THERE’S PLENTY
OF TIME SINCE FLU PEAKS IN
FEBRUARY AND MARCH. AND BE PROACTIVE IF YOU START
FEELING SICK.>>IF YOU HAVE IT AND IT SMILED,
YOU CAN STAY HOME. IF YOU WANT, QUICKLY SEE YOUR
DOCTOR BECAUSE YOU’VE GOT TO SEE
YOUR DOCTOR IN THE FIRST KID OF
DAYS IF YOU WANT TO TAKE AN
ANTIVIRAL. MARY: URGENT CARE CENTERS DO
STOCK TAMIFLU, SO THEY CAN HELP
YOU LESSEN THE DURATION OF YOUR
ILLNESS. OF COURSE YOU SHOULD GO TO A
HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM IF
YOU’RE PRESENTING EXTREME
SYMPTOMS SUCH AS TROUBLE
BREATHING OR DEHYDRATION. AND AS ALWAYS, THE 2 MOST
IMPORTANT THINGS YOU CAN DO TO
PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS,
WASH YOUR HANDS, AND COVER YOUR
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