- Associated Press - Thursday, February 27, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island’s health director says the flu is no longer widespread in the state, though he says the risk of flu persists and that it’s not too late to get a flu shot.

Director of Health Michael Fine made the announcement Thursday. Fine had declared the flu to be widespread last month, triggering a requirement that unvaccinated health workers must wear masks when having contact with patients. That rule is no longer in effect.

Fine says that the flu season typically runs through April.

So far this flu season, Rhode Island has seen two flu-related deaths and 239 flu-related hospitalizations. The state says more than 490,000 Rhode Islanders have been vaccinated against the flu this season.

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