High number of flu-like cases being reported in MetroWest

High number of flu-like cases being reported in MetroWest
(Boston 25 News)

BOSTON — The MetroWest region of the state is reporting high flu-like illness activity, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced on Friday.

State health officials define flu-like illness as a fever about 100°F in addition to either a cough and/or sore throat. They said many more people are infected with the flu than are tested for the virus. As a result, flu-like activity is used to track flu activity in people who aren’t tested. Trends of flu-like activity have been shown to mirror flu trends.

Due to the high level of flu-like activity in the MetroWest, the state health department increased the overall level in Massachusetts from low to moderate.

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The Inner Metro Boston, Central and Southeast regions of the state are reporting moderate flu-like activity, while all other regions are reporting low activity.

Flu-like illness activity reported in Massachusetts
Flu-like illness activity reported in Massachusetts (Massachusetts Department of Public Health)

The state health department said it’s not too late to get vaccinated, stressing the flu shot is the best way to prevent the flu and its serious complications.