The Red Cross said there's still time for folks to get flu shots and be covered from what is considered to be a more active flu season.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said flu outbreaks are high for this time of the season, with "widespread activity" in Massachusetts.
How do you prevent the flu?
According to the CDC, in addition to getting the vaccine, you can:
Here are some places to get the flu shot in Reading or North Reading.
"We are seeing an increased number of cases," Reading Health Department Director Ruth Clay said.
There were eight cases of the flu reported in Reading in December and 19 so far in January, Clay said.
How do you know if you have the virus?
Symptoms include: high fever, severe body aches, headache, being extremely tired, sore throat, cough, runny or stuffy nose, and vomiting and/or diarrhea (which is more common in children).
When should you call the doctor?
According to the Red Cross, if you think you have the flu, your doctor should be consulted immediately if you develop any of the following symptoms:
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