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December 30, 2013

Flu now widespread across Mass.

BOSTON (AP) — Federal health officials have added Massachusetts to the list of states where the flu is now widespread.

The latest flu report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the week that ended Dec. 21 says the flu is now widespread in Massachusetts and nine other states — Alabama, Alaska, Kansas, Louisiana, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Wyoming.

State health officials say there is still time to protect yourself by getting a flu shot.

Health experts say they’re seeing some cases of swine flu, also called H1N1, but they note this year’s flu vaccine defends against the swine flu.

Tests have confirmed nearly 860 flu cases across the state this season. No deaths have been reported. There were nearly 6,700 confirmed cases in Massachusetts last season.

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