Pa. says its bad flu-season has 'peaked'

  • Pa. says its bad flu-season has 'peaked'

Pa. says its bad flu-season has 'peaked'

State health officials say 16 more people have died in SC after being stricken by the flu.

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 don't know. It's really hard to predict flu, but it could be a month and a half", Fry said. Included in the total are four pediatric deaths.

Simpson said this is a huge increase from the "typical" number of cases that are diagnosed by this time in the flu season, which is around 5,000. Since October, 23,324 people have been hospitalized for influenza-associated complications.

Those who are having flu-like symptoms such as fever, body aches, fatigue and chills are encouraged to stay home from public gatherings until they are able to go 24 hours without a fever, and without fever-reducing medication.

Last year, the flu season in Wyoming peaked at the end of January.

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. "There still is a lot of flu out there", Dr. Alicia Fry, who works in the influenza division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Friday, according to NPR. This season started early and was widespread in many states by December.

The flu-related deaths of five more Arkansans, including two children under 19, were reported to the state Department of Health in the past week, raising the total death toll from this year's flu season to 184.

DHEC says the flu shot is the best protection against the flu.

Locally, officials haven't found this flu season to be much different from past flu seasons.