Pennsylania Health Department: Flu ‘Widespread’ In State

STATE COLLEGE — Flu cases are mounting in Pennsylvania, and 22 deaths have been attributed to the illness, state health officials said.

The number of cases could continue to spike because the flu season typically doesn’t peak for at least another couple weeks.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health designated flu as now “widespread” throughout the commonwealth. There have been more than 11,000 laboratory-confirmed flu cases in the state since the flu season began in mid-December, with nearly 4,300 of those reported last week alone.

The Health Department’s flu-tracking website (www.flufreepa.com) said “widespread” is the highest category for tracking the virus.  That means there have been outbreaks or increases in flu-like or “laboratory-confirmed influenza in at least half the regions of the state with recent laboratory evidence of influenza in the state.”

Read more:  http://republicanherald.com/pa-health-department-flu-widespread-in-state-1.1427916

Philadelphia Declares Swine Flu Emergency!

Steadily increasing H1N1 cases and ER visits escalating 25% over last year have prompted city officials to declare a health emergency in Philadelphia!

City officials are asking people with mild symptoms to stay away from emergency rooms.

I think it’s a good idea to limit contact during this time.  Maybe a wave might be safer than a handshake?  Who knows.  The list of symptoms are the same as a regular flu so you would have to be tested to be sure.  My understanding is that between the ages of 18 – 65 you are less likely to get H1N1.  Otherwise, be more careful.

Stay healthy!