Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: This time last year, flu cases were lower in New Jersey than they are now, according to data on Google's 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 or near Scotch Plains that offer the vaccine (besides your own doctor, of course):
- CVS on Martine Avenue, Scotch Plains
Vaccines available: Flu Shot, High-Dose Flu Shot, Intradermal Flu Shot
- Target Pharmacy on U.S. 22, Watchung (for 18+)
Vaccines available: Flu Shot ($28), High-Dose Flu Shot ($45), Intradermal Flu Shot ($28)
- Walgreens on South Avenue, Plainfield
Vaccines available: Flu Shot, Flu Nasal Spray
- A&P on Raritan Road, Clark
Vaccines available: Flu Shot ($24.99)
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: