Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Flu season still going strong

Flu season still going strong

Brown says because this flu season has been particularly bad, it may help spur changes and developments in making better flu vaccines.

Flu cases in Pennsylvania dropped off for the third week in a row and the state department of health on Tuesday said the flu season has peaked.

"We are clearly on the downturn, by all indicators", he said. The percentage of flu is being significantly reduced from 7.5 to 5 percent in last week. Included in the total are four pediatric deaths.

Meanwhile, officials say the number of confirmed flu cases appears to be leveling off.

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The Garvin County Health Department is still encouraging folks to get a flu shot, which right now is being offered at no cost to recipients.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control said Thursday that the latest deaths bring the state's total number of flu deaths to 167 since the flu season began in October.

The report says that number of deaths among adults are not tracked.

More information about the free flu clinics can be found here.

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Officials said Monday that the most recently reported deaths all involved New Castle County residents with underlying health conditions. The restrictions, which prohibit children younger than 12 from visiting, remains in effect.

While the Influenza B virus can be better for some people because the vaccine is more effective, Simpson said the virus is more unsafe for men over the age of 50 because it is associated with an onset of heart attacks.

Because the Department of Health can't estimate when the flu season will end, it still recommends that those who aren't vaccinated get a flu shot as soon as possible.

PHOENIX - This year's flu season has been one of the worst in modern day history - and it is not over yet.

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