Thursday, January 31, 2013
Flu activity is still categorized as widespread by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
The early flu season hasn’t run its course yet. Although flu-related emergency visits declined last week, there are still more flu cases than usual, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. So far, 102 flu-related deaths have been recorded throughout the entire state between Oct. 2, 2012 and Jan. 26, 2013. The state Department of Health reports the number of confirmed cases and deaths from Oct 2 to Jan. 26: To find a place near you to get a flu shot, type your zip code into the Flu Finder site. Influenza—more commonly known as simply "the flu"—is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses infecting the nose, throat and lungs. It spreads via infected people coughing, sneezing or talking, though people can also get …
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Statistics released Tuesday from the state Department of Health show flu cases continue to rise locally and across Pennsylvania.
The number of flu cases in the Delaware Valley and throughout Pennsylvania spiked in early January as health officials continue to deal with one of the worst flu outbreaks in years. The state reported this week that there were 18 more influenza-related deaths, bringing to 22 the total number of flu-related deaths this season. The state Health Department website did not indicate the counties where the deaths occurred. Most of the reported deaths were among those 65 and older, but two of the people who died were "otherwise healthy" people under age 50, the state health officials said. No pediatric flu-related deaths have been reported. The state Department of Health reports the number of confirmed cases from Oct 2 to Jan. 5: In …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Get some tips to keep healthy this festive season.
The holidays are a time when many people are stressed with additional pressures of family, friends and general holiday preparations, lowering resistance. People are traveling, shopping and gathering in large numbers, increasing their exposure to germs. The best way to fight the flu, according to Flu.gov is to get the flu shot. Beyond that, Flu.gov has some tips to to stay healthy this holiday season: