Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: This time last year, flu cases were lower in the New York City than they are now, according to data on Google's Flu Trends. (Town of Smithtown-specific data is not available on Flu Trends.)
Overall in New York state, activity is considered high now, while it was considered moderate at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends.
If you're considering getting a flu shot, most doctor practices and pharmacies offer the shots in the area. For a more specific look at locations, click here.
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: