Health Care
1:19 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Flu Now Officially Widespread In RI

It was only a matter of time…

The flu is now widespread in Rhode Island.

Flu vaccine-filled syringes ready for administering.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

That means there are outbreaks of the flu in more than half the state. It also kicks into effect a state requirement that health care professionals who have NOT been vaccinated wear surgical masks whenever they’re in contact with patients. The health department reports that flu-related hospitalizations are up as well.

And officials continue to urge people to get vaccinated. The dominant flu strain this year is H1N1, which appears to affect younger people in particular. This year’s vaccine was designed to protect against H1N1.