BOSTON (CBS) – Flu activity is currently low in Massachusetts, a good sign as the state struggles like the rest of the country with the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the latest weekly flu report from the Department of Public Health, the percent of “influenza-like illness visits” to hospitals and outpatient facilities is at 1.11 percent. That’s lower than the previous two seasons in the same week. The percentage of hospitalizations is also lower than the last two flu seasons at this time.READ MORE: Malden students walk out of high school to protest staff cuts
The report said “all regions are reporting minimal influenza-like illness activity.”
Authorities have been worried that a flu surge during a COVID-19 surge would put an incredible strain on the health care system in Massachusetts.READ MORE: Can Booster Shots Affect Mammograms? Dr. Mallika Marshall Answers Your COVID Questions
Massachusetts health officials urged people to get flu shots in the fall to keep cases low. All students in the state are required to get a flu vaccine before the end of February.Worcester triple-decker fire death toll grows to 4 after additional victims discovered
Flu activity is also low nationally, according to the report.