(FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – The flu can now be considered "widespread" as rates of flu-like illnesses continue to rise throughout Massachusetts, reports the Department of Public Health.
The category "widespread" is the highest classification on the flu activity scale and means that every region of the state has reports of people who have the flu. The flu is also "widespread" in Rhode Island and New Hampshire.
The flu's presence in Massachusetts was upgraded to "widespread" last Friday.
The Department of Public Health is urging residents to get a flu shot seeing as the flu's peak season, February and March, is right around the corner.
Despite the high numbers in the Commonwealth, the DPH says the numbers are consistent with what is typically seen during most flu seasons.
There is still plenty of time to get the vaccine. Check with your health care provider or search for a flu vaccine opportunity in your neck of the woods at www.mylocalclinic.com.