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Official Says Flu Has Not Yet Peaked In Pennsylvania; Vaccines Are Still Advised

January 16, 2014

Pennsylvania’s Physician General says influenza season has not yet peaked in the state.

Dr. Carrie DeLone told Radio PA News it is still not too late for residents to be vaccinated against the flu.

The state has recorded more than 6,000 confirmed cases of the flu this season, and fourteen deaths have been reported in connection with flu viruses.  Ninety percent of this season’s flu cases in Pennsylvania have been due to the H1N1 flu.

A new national analysis finds that those between 18 and 64 are the least likely to be vaccinated, possibly because officials normally advise us that the greatest at-risk individuals are senior citizens and the young, but those in the middle adult range can be hid the hardest by the H1N1 strain.  A study by the Trust for America’s Health has found that the flu shot rate for those 18-to-64 is under forty percent.

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