The Boston Public Health Commission reports an increase in flu and flu-like cases over the last few weeks in Boston.
There have been 728 documented influenza cases reported to BPHC, and hundreds of people have visited Emergency Departments for influenza-like illness since October. Additionally, 23% of those cases have resulted in hospitalization, and there have been 4 deaths, the majority of which were individuals with underlying medical conditions. Influenza A (H3N2) accounts for most of the laboratory-confirmed cases in Boston. Neighborhoods with especially high rates of emergency department visits for influenza-like illness include the South End, Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan and Hyde Park.
The commission says that doesn't mean it's too late to take basic precautions, starting with getting a flu shot, but also including such things as frequent hand washing, covering your face when you sneeze or cough, keep those fingers away from your eyes and mouth and, of course, staying home when you're sick.