It’s going around.

Your neighbors. Your co-workers. You.

We’re sick lately. It’s not all in our head. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reports that rates of flu and flu-like illnesses have been rising over the past week and are expected to keep jumping.

“Rates of flu-like illness continues to rise in Massachusetts this past week, and are expected to continue to climb in the weeks ahead,” the DPH said in a statement Friday. “We can’t know for sure when rates will peak, but one thing we are certain about is that there’s still plenty of flu vaccine available, and it’s absolutely not too late to take advantage.”

Doctor’s office visits for flu or flue symptoms have also climbed 81 percent since last week.

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John Guilfoil is the editor-in-chief of Blast: Boston's Online Magazine and the Blast Magazine Network. He can be reached at [email protected]. Tweet @johnguilfoil.

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