‘Severe’ Strain of Flu Reaches Epidemic Proportions In New York City – Health Commissioner 10 Jan 2013 The flu is currently at epidemic levels across the five boroughs, New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley announced Thursday. Officials said a full 5 percent of emergency room visits are flu-related. “It’s a bad year. We’ve got lots of flu, it’s mainly type AH3N2, which tends to be a little more severe. So we’re seeing plenty of cases of flu and plenty of people sick with flu,” Farley told reporters including WCBS 880… Mayor Michael Bloomberg got a flu shot in October but still got the disease last month.
Flu Season Has Boston Declaring Health Emergency 09 Jan 2013 Massachusetts public health officials are reporting 18 flu-related deaths in the state already this season, and Boston has declared a public health emergency. A spokeswoman for Mayor Thomas Menino says the city is working with health care centers to offer free [mercury-laden, squalene-filled] flu vaccines and also hopes to set up public locations where people can go for vaccinations. Menino said Wednesday there have been about 700 confirmed cases of the flu in Boston so far this season, compared with 70 all of last season.
Hospital Opens Emergency Tent in Midst of Increasing Flu Cases –Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest opens emergency triage to care for increased number of people with flu-like symptoms 08 Jan 2013 The State Department of Health reports that four Pennsylvanians have already died of complications from the influenza virus. In response to the early start of flu season, the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest had to open an emergency space to care for the increased number of people with flu-like symptoms. The mobile surge tent is set up outside the emergency department.