Terrifying Flu Epidemic Causes Boston Mayor to Declare State of Emergency

Mayor Menino emergencyYou might want to stay inside after reading this. The 2012/2013 flu season is so bad that Mayor Thomas Menino in Boston has declared a state of emergency. Yes. A state of emergency. Over the flu. Pretty scary stuff.

In fact, this is the worst flu outbreak since 2009's H1N1 outbreak and it's not just in Boston. According to a Google Map, every state has high or "intense" flu activity except, oddly, for Connecticut. I guess they have Lyme disease to make up for it?

In Massachusetts alone, there have been 18 deaths related to this year's flu and there are 700 confirmed cases in Boston alone, which is 10 times higher than this time last year. It's pretty scary. No doubt about it. As a mom, I know I am suddenly worried that only one of my kids got the vaccine. Luckily, there is still time to get it.

Every time one of these epidemics starts, it's easy to panic. I know I am. Sometimes it feels like we're just kind of waiting on the next huge outbreak like the 1918 pandemic outbreak that killed 1 to 3 percent of the WORLD population. (OMG. Can you imagine?)

So, yeah. Panic seems about right.

The reality is, a flu pandemic happening again is really not a question of whether or not it will occur. It's more a question of when. It's a very real threat.

And the flu shot? Is only about 60 to 70 percent effective. So while getting it is always advised by doctors, it's probably not the solution we all want. So what is? Time. And staying indoors.

These kinds of stories always cause people to freak out and with good reason. It's scary. Personally, I know a lot of people who have had this flu (I just moved out of Boston two weeks ago), and it's as bad as they say. Luckily, they all survived, but one friend said he now understands why people die from it. It's no joke.

Stay safe, people. Get the shot if you need it and wash your hands.

Did you get the flu shot this year?


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mommy... mommyof5cutties

I'm a perfectly healthy 26 year old female... but I came down with it so hard I was literally asleep in bed for almost 3 days with high fevers and chills. It didn't help that I'm early in a pregnancy and fevers are bad... on top of flu and morning sickness.. one bad combo. I went to the er over the weekend because of the fever... no medicine or cool shower could break... they said it was viral. No tests and hardly a visit they sent me on my way. The hospital was so jam packed it was ridiculous. So I went home and a day later my fever finally broke... on that Tuesday I went to the doctors.. he sent me for flu test and ring ring... no wonder why me and all the kids are sick with fevers and flu.... its bad this year... and its going around. Please wash your hands and use Sanitizer... I hope it helps...

Foley... Foleygirl24

My aunt is a school nurse and has been getting a lot of info about the flu this year from the medical community. She says the flu shot is not effective against this bad flu that is going around. Flu shots are required to go to school in this state, and her school almost had to close for a few days because so many kids (who had all had the shot) were out with the flu.

jalaz77 jalaz77

I did get the shot. Pretty sure I had influenza back in the middle of August. I was suck for 4 days straight. They thought it was W Nile, test came back negative. I work in the medical field and it is strong right now. I had 2 kids from 2 different families that got the vaccine and still ended up with it. I know they were vaccinated cause I looked in the chart. I know it doesn't cover everything but it has helped. Majority of sick people I have encountered have not been vaccinated.

jalaz77 jalaz77

Oh yea if you are normally a healthy person stay home cause there is no cure...tami-flu only heals you by 1 day and it has to be used before symptoms (fevers, cough...). Fluids fluids fluids, hand washing, keep your self in an isolated area so you are not spreading it around your home, rest... You come in and spread it to others in a full waiting room.

Wheep... Wheepingchree

We do not do the flu. But are persistent hand-washers & vitamin-takers & vegetable-eaters.  I felt like I was being a jerk the other day during a playdate when I had to stop a very slimy (but adorable) little boy from double-dipping into our hummus. I don't want to get sick!

nonmember avatar gretta

I got the flu shot while pregnant. My husband and my son both got the flu and were sick as dogs (no shot). I didn't get it and neither did my one month old...

purpl... purpleflower514

Only my husband gets flu shots (military requires is) and we are OK with that. No flu here, ever. But then again we are a homeschool family so my kids are at home a great deal of the time.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

I didn't get it because I'm pregnant and my son didn't get it because even his pediatrician said there is little point this year because they got the wrong strains. Taking basic measures to stay healthy like washing hands and eating well is far more effective and safer.

belon... belongs2Jesus

I presently have the flu. And am allergic to the shot. DR gave me a prescription for tamiflu

Doomy234 Doomy234

I find it amusing that people get the shot and get a really bad flu... I havent gotten a flu shot since I was a kid and I have only gotten the flu twice the past 13 years. I think the flu shot is a gimmick.

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