Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: This time last year, flu cases were lower in central Jersey than they are now, according to data on Google's Flu Trends. (Manalapan-specific data is not available on Flu Trends.)
Overall in New Jersey, activity is considered moderate now, while it was considered low at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends.
If you missed the Flu Shot clinics offered by the Manalapan Health Department, here are some other places in Manalapan and Englishtown that are offering the vaccine (besides your own doctor, of course):
- Rite Aid - 700 Tennent Road
- CVS Pharmacy - 253 Gordons Corner Road and 120 Woodward Road
- Walgreens Pharmacy - 305 Route 33 and 2 Gordons Corner Road (Englishtown)
- Target Pharmacy - 55 Route 9 South
- More locations
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:
- Who should get vaccinated
- When to get vaccinated
- Selecting a flu vaccine
- Symptoms, complications and severity
- Treatment if you get the flu
- How flu spreads
The Manalapan Health Department has also offered up some preventative steps to take against the flu.