CommonHealth: Why Is Flu Season Coming So Late To Massachusetts?

Vials of flu vaccine at the Whittier Street Health Center in Boston. Boston declared a public health emergency Wednesday (Charles Krupa/AP)

Some doctors say it may still be worth getting a flu shot even this late into what’s normally thought of as flu season. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Seventy-degrees in early March, a snowstorm on the first day of Spring — it’s been an odd weather year in Massachusetts. And, apparently, it’s been an odd year for the flu. The number of cases in the state has been spiking over the last few days, later than usual for the flu season to peak.


Carey Goldberg, editor of WBUR’s CommonHealth blog. She tweets at @commonhealth.


Mass. Public Health Blog: Weekly Flu Report, March 18, 2016

  • “The latest weekly flu report indicates an increase in rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts in the past seven days. It’s not too late to protect yourself and your family from getting sick this flu season. Call your health care provider or your local board of health, or visit a local pharmacy, and get vaccinated against the flu.”

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