State Health Department officials on Wednesday reported six deaths flu related deaths in Pennsylvania today as the virus continues to spread throughout the state,officials said this week.
Health Department officials say in the last week cases reported continue to increase with more than 5900 cases confirmed between September 29 and December 7.
For the Philadelphia suburban counties more than 110 cases have been confirmed In Bucks, 56 in Chester, more than 110 in Delaware, more than 200 in Montgomery, and 140 in Philadelphia.
Five of the six flu victims were over 65, with being older than 50 but younger than 65. No infant deaths have been reported this flu season, state officials say.
The flu is serious and can be deadly, which is why it is so important for everyone to take the proper precautions to protect themselves, their loved ones and anyone they meet,” Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine said in a statement this week.
“In the last few weeks, we have seen flu cases increase in all state regions. Especially with the upcoming holidays, where many people will be gathering together, I cannot stress enough how important it is for you to get your flu vaccine so can be protected throughout the flu season.”
Flu Vaccines are available at through Pharmacies, Bucks County Department of Health, and your personal doctor. This year there is also a nasal flu spray also available. ,
Flu vaccine is recommended for anyone . six months or older federal health officials say.
Vaccines take about two weeks to take effect health officials say,
says those with certain health conditions and weakened immune systems are more vulnerable to contracting the flu, such as Adults who are 65 or older, children younger than 2 and pregnant women and women who gave birth up to two weeks ago.
Health Officials recommend frequent hand washing and disinfecting objects many have access too.