(MommyNoire) 41 States are reporting flu outbreaks, with Massachusetts leading with an upward of 700 cases since October 1, including four deaths. The outbreaks are so expansive that Massachusetts General hospital has put a restriction on the number on those visiting vulnerable patients, which include the elderly. Because the hospital atmosphere is at risk, staff are required to wear masks to protect themselves from the deadly bug.
The outbreak, 5 weeks earlier than expected, has doubled in cases reported from the previous year. According to CBS News, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission, said, "In the last two weeks alone, we've doubled our number, so if we continue at this rate to see new cases, we'll have an explosion of flu in the city of Boston."
Heads up for flu shot fanatics, scientists recently discovered this year's vaccine is not protecting against a strain of the virus called Influenza B.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has declared a state of emergency.