Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: Although there isn't specific information for Annapolis, data for Maryland is on Google's Flu Trends.
Overall in Maryland, activity is considered high now, while it was considered just below moderate at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends.
If you're considering getting a flu shot, here are some places in Annapolis that offer the vaccine (besides your own doctor, of course):
The Anne Arundel County Department of Health provides free flu shot and nasal spray at its clinic in Annapolis at 3 Harry S. Truman Parkway. For more information, call the department's flu information line at 410-222-7343.
Giant Foods is selling flu shots for $30 each at its stores at 323 Forest Dr. and 948 Bay Ridge Rd. Pharmacists also are available to provide on-site flu clinics at workplaces and businesses.
More locations—type in your ZIP code to find locations in Annapolis.
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: