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Boston declares public health emergency as nation battles severe flu outbreak
New York Daily News ^

Posted on 01/09/2013 6:27:16 PM PST by SMGFan

The City of Boston declared a public health emergency Wednesday as the city and country deal with a historic outbreak of the flu. The influenza-ravaged city has seen about 700 confirmed cases of the virus since Oct. 1, the unofficial start of the flu season, according to the office of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, who declared the state of emergency Wednesday morning.

By comparison, Boston saw 70 confirmed cases during last year’s flu season.

The outbreak has so far killed four Boston residents, all elderly, since the season unofficially began.

“This is the worst flu season we’ve seen since 2009, and people should take the threat of flu seriously,” Menino said in a release.

“This is not only a health concern,” he said, “but also an economic concern for families, and I’m urging residents to get vaccinated if they haven’t already. It’s the best thing you can do to protect yourself and your family. If you’re sick, please stay home from work or school.”

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/boston-declares-health-emergency-raging-flu-outbreak-article-1.1236894#ixzz2HXFRrt5n

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Now see, Obamacare would have prevented this. Right? /s We need to ban the flu. If it saves 1 life.
1 posted on 01/09/2013 6:27:26 PM PST by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

Everyone I know in MA who got the flu shot got the flu. I don’t know anyone who got the flu without getting that shot.


2 posted on 01/09/2013 6:31:40 PM PST by GreatRoad (O < 0)
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To: SMGFan

NO!!!!

Don’t ban the flu! Making flu illegal, then only criminals will have the flu!

Wait...wait...Register everyone who has the flu!! ( I have the flu....and if it saves one life..I will register my flu!)


3 posted on 01/09/2013 6:33:28 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (Go Galt!)
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To: GreatRoad

Plague Obamit!


4 posted on 01/09/2013 6:34:19 PM PST by Rodm
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To: SMGFan
'historic'...'ravaged'...'emergency'...'outbreak'...

Who writes this extremist crap?

5 posted on 01/09/2013 6:38:43 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: GreatRoad
Everyone I know in MA who got the flu shot got the flu. I don’t know anyone who got the flu without getting that shot

Well, you don't know much.

6 posted on 01/09/2013 6:41:20 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: SMGFan
They have RomneyKKKare the very pattern for ObamaKKKare ~ so it should have been caught twice before it's recent discovery.

You cannot trust politician sponsored health care programs.

Those poor people in Massachusetts are all going to die before their times ~ and all because they put faith in these two yahoos.

7 posted on 01/09/2013 6:45:02 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: SMGFan

“The Stand”

Or maybe an excuse for the marxist messiah to consider martial law.


8 posted on 01/09/2013 6:46:26 PM PST by dynachrome (Vertrou in God en die Mauser)
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To: hinckley buzzard
There are three flu strains afoot this year. Currently available flu shots only work for 2 of them. The third is out there with nothing to stop it.
9 posted on 01/09/2013 6:56:53 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: who knows what evil?
Who writes this extremist crap?<<<

A kid with a slightly less then average IQ that was told by his/her 8th grade
English teacher...U have a great vocabulary..(the self-esteem thingy u know)

10 posted on 01/09/2013 7:01:08 PM PST by M-cubed
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To: SMGFan

From what I’ve heard from friends, if they want to see a doctor within their lifetimes, they will probably travel to New Hampshire or Vermont and pay (cash, check or credit card) some doctor who used to practice in Mass. for a timely office visit. I’m not certain about all doctors there, but some charge an out-of-state fee to use the practice. Gotta love that free health care thingy!


11 posted on 01/09/2013 7:01:45 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (Save the nation, have your family's progressives spayed or neutered.)
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To: GreatRoad

That is my question. How many of these people took the flu shots.? Is anyone asking?


12 posted on 01/09/2013 7:03:32 PM PST by Venturer
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To: hinckley buzzard

I don’t know much either, but you seem to.

How many of these people who got the flu took the shots?


13 posted on 01/09/2013 7:04:43 PM PST by Venturer
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To: SMGFan
I am in the Boston area. Yesterday I had a chance to visit a friend at his work. I usually drop in once a month and have a coffee, some fishing talk, and leave. He owns a company that employs about 6 people.

When I called to see if I could visit, he told me all of them had the flu. Some were at home, and him and two others were in work with the flu. So I stayed away.

He said he had the flu for 13 days and when he got better he was going to get a flu shot because the flu strain he has is different from the flu shot strain, and he doesn't want to take a chance of getting that strain of flu.

- With so many people getting preventative flu shots in the Boston area, I wonder how we could have such an epidemic.

Whether to get a flu shot or not , to me is not an easy decision.
Based on my life's experience I do not get one.- tom

14 posted on 01/09/2013 7:07:16 PM PST by Capt. Tom
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To: SMGFan

Boston has a population of 625,087.

700 cases of flu equals (zero point) .01119844%.

That hardly seems like a dangerous outbreak.


15 posted on 01/09/2013 7:14:22 PM PST by CaptainPhilFan
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To: SMGFan
As a merciful leader, Obama will only be able to keep us safe by imposing martial law. He cares, he really cares.

Millions of Low Information Voters can't be wrong!

16 posted on 01/09/2013 7:16:47 PM PST by Artcore
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To: CaptainPhilFan
http://www.lmtonline.com/articles/2013/01/09/front/news/doc50ecdfc8b7f53288389220.txt

If the link goes to the sign up page, click on the “home” tab and go to the article that 50% of Laredo, TX has a respiratory infection/flu from influenza A and B. Thank you, Mexico. Laredo's 2010 population was 236,091 so that's over 100,000 sick. Not good.

How many in Boston were elderly or had a low immunity, etc.?

17 posted on 01/09/2013 7:26:24 PM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: SMGFan
OUTLAW THE FLU! BAN IT! There is no legitimate reason for someone to get the flu! Make it a crime to get the flu. 10-25 years in prison if you have the flu and don't report it. Register anyone who you suspect of having had the flu or planning on getting the flu in the future.

And now let's talk about guns & ammo!

18 posted on 01/09/2013 7:36:31 PM PST by rcrngroup
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To: SMGFan

I spoke to my sister down in Alabama this morning and she tells me that the hospitals in the Birmingham area are filling their beds with flu patients. My sis and her husband—both elderly like the OP—won’t even go to church and most other places because of fears of contracting the flu.


19 posted on 01/09/2013 7:46:46 PM PST by OldPossum
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To: Capt. Tom

It may look like lots of people are getting the flu shot, but only about 30% of the population does get the shot. Now that there is this huge outbreak, more people may decide to get the shot, but it could be too late.

According to the CDC website, most of the cases have been confirmed to be the strain of flu that is covered by the shot. However, no vaccine is 100% effective, and with only about 1/3 of folks getting the shot anyway, that makes for huge numbers of sick people.

Even if you don’t feel you need the shot, you should get it to protect others around you - especially kids, pregnant women, and the elderly. What is the big deal about getting the shot?


20 posted on 01/09/2013 7:58:53 PM PST by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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To: Capt. Tom

I rarely get the flu, but when I do, I drink Dos Equis.
I mean I don’t get very sick, I just wanted to say that Dos Equis thing. I’m really not sure if I have ever even had the flu (I’m in my 60’s). I got my first flu shot ever this year. My mom reads the daily obituaries (midwest newspaper)and reported that they went from 2 pages to 4. I don’t want to pass the flu on to someone vulnerable so I joined the herd immunity.

What kind of fishing do you do?


21 posted on 01/09/2013 8:00:21 PM PST by Cold Heart
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To: SMGFan
Flu shots rarely work as they are only "guesstimates" as to what bugs will be going around in any given season.

Granted, those making the guesses are educated in the science but the chances of hitting the nail on the head is still a long shot.

It would appear, what with all of the headlines regarding the massive amount of folks with influenza this year, the flu shot is irrelevant.

Of course, one thing to take into account is how lax in personal hygiene people are thinking that they don't need to take extra precaution, they've had their flu shot so they through caution to the wind. This reminds me of people that drive like idiots thinking that they are protected with seat belts and air bags!

22 posted on 01/09/2013 8:06:05 PM PST by zerosix (Native sunflower)
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23 posted on 01/09/2013 8:12:05 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Pining_4_TX
What is the big deal about getting the shot?

Close relatives have had bad experiences from flu shots; I don't want to see how they work on me.
I would fall now into the elderly category, so the flu could take me out.-Tom

24 posted on 01/09/2013 8:14:03 PM PST by Capt. Tom
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To: GreatRoad
Everyone I know in MA who got the flu shot got the flu. I don’t know anyone who got the flu without getting that shot.

I don't live in MA but I did get the shot and have had the flu since Dec 23. Feeling a bit better now and hoping there's no relapse.

25 posted on 01/09/2013 8:35:31 PM PST by Graybeard58 ("Civil rights” leader and MSNB-Hee Haw host Al Sharpton - Larry Elder)
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To: SMGFan

Everyone in my family had the flu shot in mid to late October, and nevertheless we all had flu-like symptoms beginning around New Year’s.

All coming out of it, some swifter than others.


26 posted on 01/09/2013 8:52:16 PM PST by lightman (If the Patriarchate of the East held a state like the Vatican I would apply for political asylum.)
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To: SMGFan

Already had it. About 8 straight hours of puking every 5 to 15 minutes. Tried to get a little green tea and stuff down, but, that came up within a couple minutes of drinking it. So, 8 hours of puking. The wife had it coming out the other end.

Now, I got the after effects..cold like symptoms.

Got it while sitting on a plane in Colorado Springs the Friday before Christmas and what comes on the plane? A couple with their kid who had his head stuck into a barf bag. She had a real red dripping nose. I turned to the guy next to me and said that wasnt it great that they cared to share their misery? I bet every single one that was on the plane that day got it thanks to those selfless bastards. Got to get to Granny and Grampas house you know..that way they can share it with them to and see if they can do them in.
What a bunch of dumb assholes people are.


27 posted on 01/09/2013 8:58:22 PM PST by crz
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

ROFL


28 posted on 01/09/2013 9:09:28 PM PST by stilloftyhenight
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

ROFL


29 posted on 01/09/2013 9:10:11 PM PST by stilloftyhenight
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To: Pining_4_TX

It takes 2 weeks for the vaccine to work its way through your system to protect against the flu (if it does). Folks should get the shots in October/November. When it’s in full bloom is a tad late.

I stopped getting the shots for about 20 years because every time I would get the shot, sure as God made little green apples I’d get the flu. Then as I matured (ok, aged) I made sure to get the shot. All four deaths in Boston were of the elderly folks.


30 posted on 01/09/2013 9:16:48 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: CaptainPhilFan

Boston has a population of 625,087.

700 cases of flu equals (zero point) .01119844%.

That hardly seems like a dangerous outbreak.

By comparison, Boston saw 70 confirmed cases during last year’s flu season.

The flu season hasn’t started yet.


31 posted on 01/09/2013 9:27:11 PM PST by ThomasThomas
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To: SMGFan

We will never know if the elderly were killed by Obamacare are. the flu.


32 posted on 01/09/2013 9:40:59 PM PST by Ramonne
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To: SMGFan
I got the flu shot over two months ago. I came down with a viral/flu infection that worked it's way into my lungs. Some people on FR make it sound like this one is no big deal, it is. I was coughing so bad even after antibiotics, prednazone and codeine cough syrup I was coughing up blood and lung tissue. After two more doctors exams and being diagnosed with a "potentially life threatening illness" as a direct result of this "flu" I was placed on heavier Z Pak antibiotics, more prednisone, Simbacort steroid inhaler and a nebulizer along with codeine cough syrup. By the grace of God, the treatment regimin is working but slowly. I am no longer coughing up blood and lung tissue.

This is NOT pneumonia, but some kind of potentially deadly bronchial virus and it is VERY resilient. I have a friend who also has the exact same thing. He had gone through the exact same initial ineffective treatment and had a relapse. He is on the exact same medical treatment I am on and is only now starting to recover after three weeks.

33 posted on 01/09/2013 10:11:46 PM PST by Jmouse007 (Lord deliver us from evil, in Jesus name, amen.)
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To: SMGFan

Could this be another non-coincidental event caused by Obamas thugs at HHS?


34 posted on 01/09/2013 10:31:39 PM PST by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: GreatRoad

We live in Southern New Hampshire and I know a number of others in my church who are enduring this as well. The hospitals and emergency rooms in the area and doctors offices are full of them. I took every precaution to keep from getting sick but to no effect. Be careful, this is no joke it can kill you. If you start to come down with symptoms get to a doctor ASAP and have them put you on the medications I mentioned in my above post, they work but it takes time.


35 posted on 01/09/2013 10:33:24 PM PST by Jmouse007 (Lord deliver us from evil, in Jesus name, amen.)
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To: GreatRoad
Before I forget, the authorities/doctors appear to have a handle on the seriousness and symptoms. When I went to the first doctor they asked me a question I did not understand at the time which made no sense: "are you coughing up blood?". The desease had not progressed, manifested to that point yet so I answered "no". Less than 40 hours later I was coughing so bad/hard that I couldn't breath/catch my breath, was on the verge of passing out (dizzy/light-headed) and coughing up blood and lung tissue! My point is this = the doctors must have already seen numerous others manifesting or been told about these serious symptoms/because they asked me about this exact issue BEFORE I said anything to them!

This is very serious and spreads rapidly. In my personal sphere I know of three personal contacts/friends who have gotten it and I am just one person so do the math... By the way, my wife went to the grocery store and the were completely out of their brand of Kleenex tissues. In 30 years I have never seen this happen at this store and believe it is a possible indicator as to how many people are sick in our general area.

I am not being an alarmist, I am only posting these things in order to help provide some personal first-hand experiential information and to warn people on FR. Both of the other doctors I saw told me that their offices have been inundated with patients suffering from this virulent infection/flu, whatever it is. So I am not

36 posted on 01/09/2013 11:12:50 PM PST by Jmouse007 (Lord deliver us from evil, in Jesus name, amen.)
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To: GreatRoad

alone or the only one. Stay safe and avoid crowds/congested areas because all the “hand sanitizer” and usual “washing hands”, “don’t touch nothing” routine prooved useless. I did all of the above in spades and still got sick, possibly as a result of attending a Christmas eve service of over 100 people being held by one of my former students who had become a pastor. I started getting symptoms within 24 hours after attending this event, eventhough I had taken all of the above sanitary precautions. This thing is most likley air-born transmitted. They are sick, they cough, it is in the air, you breath it in and presto-chango you are now infected.


37 posted on 01/09/2013 11:25:49 PM PST by Jmouse007 (Lord deliver us from evil, in Jesus name, amen.)
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To: M-cubed

don’t they have an app for that now? /s


38 posted on 01/10/2013 2:01:10 AM PST by SMGFan (SMGfan is not "Sub Machine Gun" fan)
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To: Capt. Tom

Nothing is completely risk-free, but you are facing a bigger risk if you contract the flu. Talk to your doctor and see what he says about your particular situtaion and the shot.

Hey, we can’t afford to lose any of our old fogey Freepers like you and me. :-)


39 posted on 01/10/2013 10:08:00 PM PST by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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