The chills. A fever. The aches and pains. Fatigue.
The numbers tell an alarming story. The City of Boston has over 700 confirmed cases of the flu already this season and four deaths have resulted. Last year, the city had 70 confirmed cases for the entire flu season – a season that begins in October and lasts until May. Peak months are January and February.
The sudden spike in numbers, combined with overrun emergency rooms, prompted city officials to declare a public health emergency this week. The mayor is requesting residents to get a flu shot, and Boston is responding. This weekend, almost two dozen clinics will be providing free flu vaccines. A list of some of the clinics can be found here.
Like a good gnome, furrylittlegnome received her flu shot in late September. It didn’t seem to help her though as she was down for the count in early December with the flu. She is not one of those 700 confirmed cases as her doctor’s office instructed her to ride it out at home. The number of “unconfirmed” cases could be astonishing.
Furrylittlegnome has been surrounded by people who are under the weather. A dear co-worker, after being out of the office for a week with a very bad case of bronchitis, is finally on the mend. Coughing, nose-blowing, sore throats and general malaise is sweeping the office. Maybe this will finally prompt furrylittlegnome’s employer to finally fix the office hot water heater so everyone can use hot water when washing their hands?