Boston Declares Flu Emergency
City has seen four deaths among the elderly
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2013 7:06 PM CST
Nurse Charlene Luxcin administers a flu shot to a patient at the Whittier Street Health Center in Boston Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

(Newser) – Move Boston to the top of the list of cities getting slammed by this year's unusually severe flu. The city declared a public health emergency today, reports the Boston Herald. Officials made the move in part to encourage residents to get flu shots, and the city was working with health care centers to dole out free vaccinations, reports AP. Four deaths have been reported, all elderly residents, along with 700 confirmed cases. In all of last season, the city had just one death and 70 cases. Massachusetts overall has had 18 deaths so far, one of 29 states reporting higher-than-normal numbers of flu cases, according to the CDC.

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apocalypso
Jan 10, 2013 2:20 PM CST
sigh... old people are supposed to die eventually, that's just what happens, to everyone eventually, so four elderly deaths hardly constitutes an "emergency". I do find the idea of people flooding hospitals only to be told "go home, rest, drink fluids" morbidly amusing though. There's nothing a doctor can do about the flu except tell people to tough it out, but I'm sure they're loving billing the insurance companies for all those unnecessary visits.
finkster
Jan 9, 2013 8:37 PM CST
Hell, Boston should have also declared an emergency with the last place Red Sox this year....
Bieberforpres2016
Jan 9, 2013 8:04 PM CST
This is such alarmist, media-hyped bullshit.