How bad is flu in PA?

Faith Castro
February 9, 2018

And, in Pennsylvania, more than 47,500 cases of flu have been reported.

The eight women and four men who've died so far this season ranged in age from 40s to 90s, with most at the older end.

The New York City Department of Health is addressing the rampant flu outbreak after confirming two pediatric deaths citywide. Compared to last flu season, Hays County only had 1,001 positive flu cases from September through May.

The main reason to get a flu shot is to help reduce transmission of the disease to those who are most vulnerable, according to various outlets.

With over a month still to go in flu season, health officials advise those who haven't gotten their flu shot, to get it.

The Oswego County Health Department is urging residents to get a flu shot. "We continue to recommend the flu vaccine even though we know most flu vaccines have low effectiveness against H3N2 viruses, effectiveness against other flu viruses is better, and there is more than one flu virus circulating this season". Wash your hands often with soap and water.

"Unfortunately, our latest tracking data indicate that the flu activity is still high and widespread across most of the nation and increasing overall", Schuchat said.

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A total of 12 people have died in the Tri-Cities from the flu since mid-December.

"We are...hearing from some health care providers that there are spot shortages of some antivirals used to treat the flu and flu tests; however, at this time, there is no nationwide shortage of these products".

Webby is planning for a trip to Geneva in a couple weeks to work on the batch of vaccines for the next flu season.

Dr. Marc Itskowitz, an internal medicine physician with Allegheny Health Network, said the flu typically migrates from the Southern Hemisphere to the Northern Hemisphere.

One mother says both her daughters have it and now, they both have pneumonia.

It seems like we've been reporting on the flu season for a while, and we have.

"It seems like the effects of the flu are affecting people really severely", he said.

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