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Massachusetts - Boston Mayor Declares Public Health Emergency After Flu Outbreak

Published on: January 9, 2013 12:59 PM
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A sign outside a CVS Pharmacy reads 'Flu Shots Today' in Westfield, Massachusetts, USA, 09 January 2013. Reported cases of the flu have been higher and earlier than previous years, prompting some communities, including the City of Boston, to declare a public health emergency. Boston will be offering free vaccines to anyone who has not yet received a flu shot.  EPA/CJ GUNTHERA sign outside a CVS Pharmacy reads 'Flu Shots Today' in Westfield, Massachusetts, USA, 09 January 2013. Reported cases of the flu have been higher and earlier than previous years, prompting some communities, including the City of Boston, to declare a public health emergency. Boston will be offering free vaccines to anyone who has not yet received a flu shot.  EPA/CJ GUNTHER

Massachusetts - Boston Mayor Thomas Menino declared a public health emergency on Wednesday in the face of a growing flu outbreak that so far has killed 18 people in Massachusetts and infected ten times as many Boston residents as last year’s outbreak.

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Across the United States, this year’s flu outbreak has been more severe than usual. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the proportion of people visiting their doctors for flu-like illnesses has doubled in the past four weeks.

Boston plans to make the flu vaccine available for free to residents of the city who have not yet received the inoculation.


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 Jan 09, 2013 at 10:38 PM BaruchBendit Says:

Hope this clears up before hockey season starts. The Bruins are getting ready for their home opener at TD Garden.

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