Boston is the closest major city to me. I live a bit north of Boston and a bit east of Boston. I can say with confidence that there has been a very early start to the flu season.
We had it in my house and it was a nasty, scary bug. One of my kids had it and I was nervous as heck. 6 days straight with fevers over 102. And 102
was the low end of the fevers.
It doesn't surprise me at all that they declared an emergency.
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