The City of Waltham government has two flu vaccine doses left as it deals with an uptick in recent diagnoses of the flu in Waltham, according to the city’s health director.
As of Jan. 7, 104 Waltham residents had been diagnosed with influenza, quadruple the number of cases it had seen over the same time period last year, according to Waltham Health Department Director Walter Sweder.
"There definitely is an increase in the rate of influenza in the community, in comparison to the last several years," Sweder told Waltham Patch.
The news comes as Boston declared a public health emergency on Jan. 9 due to a widesperad outbreak of the flu. In Boston, there have been more than 700 reported cases in the city so far this flu season, according to the Boston Public Health Commission. That's 10 times the average number of cases through the entire last year.
After holding several recent flu vaccine clinics in Waltham, Sweder said the city's health department had two doses left, but is seeking more from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Sweder told Waltham Patch he does not believe it will receive more doses because manufacturers have already done their production runs for the flu season.
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