Nineteen more cases were reported last week, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, raising the total to 169 deaths during the current influenza season which began in October.

Public health officials announced five more flu-related deaths, and roughly 900 more lab-confirmed cases of the flu, signaling what officials called a slowdown to a flu season expected to last several more weeks.

"We strongly encourage everyone to continue practicing the important preventive measures we have been promoting including staying home when you're sick, calling your doctor at the first signs of flu-like illness, washing your hands frequently, and covering coughs and sneezes", Rattay said.

Overall, fewer people are going to see a doctor for the flu than during the height of the season in the beginning of February.


Although new cases of flu are on the decline, the level remains above the peak of some previous flu seasons.

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.

If the season lasts 20 weeks, as most seasons do, it should end in about five weeks, he said. Included in the total are four pediatric deaths. Since October, 23,324 people have been hospitalized for influenza-associated complications.

Is the worst of the flu season yet to come?


Like most years, Campbell County Health implemented visiting restrictions at the Legacy Living and Rehabilitation Center in January.

It appears the flu season peaked a couple weeks ago in MI.

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.


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