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Here’s what state health and hospital officials are saying about the flu in Massachusetts

According to the latest flu report from the state’s Department of Public Health, the Bay State has seen 8,152 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza so far in the 2017-2018 flu season. In the week ending Feb. 9 alone, Massachusetts had 2,281 confirmed cases of the flu.

Massachusetts isn’t alone — more than half of the country is experiencing high flu activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the highest recorded since the 2009 swine flu pandemic.  Nationally, there were 63 pediatric deaths as of the first week of February related to flu.