Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: This time last year, influenza cases were lower in our area than they are now, according to data on Google's Flu Trends (Princeton-specific data is not available on Flu Trends).
Overall in New Jersey, activity is considered high now, while it was considered low at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends.
If you're considering getting a flu shot, here are some places in Barnegat-Manahawkin that offer the vaccine, although you are encouraged to call first as reports are coming in that supplies are running low in some stores:
- Shop Rite of Waretown
- Kmart in Manahawkin, Route 72 - although a person at the store yesterday said supplies of vaccine were running low there yesterday, and "every third call that came in" was for the vaccine.
According to this week's CDC Flu activity report, influenza levels are on the increase across the country.
Five states – Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee – are reporting flu rates not normally seen until January, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The flu season normally peaks in January and February.
Holiday travel and more time spent indoors due to soggy weather will contribute to the spread of the flu virus, so now is the time to get vaccinated.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers the following information: