HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Flu season appears to be in full swing in Pennsylvania, with health officials reporting outbreaks in at least half the regions of the state.
The state Health Department confirms nearly 1,200 cases of influenza between Sept. 29 and Dec. 21.READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Winter Storm Could Produce Enough Snow To Crack City’s Top 20 Snow Days
The hardest-hit areas are in western Pennsylvania, led by Allegheny and Blair counties.
Flu is usually the worst in January or February, although last year the illness hit the U.S. very hard in early December.READ MORE: Despite Uncertain Track, Road Crews In Tri-State Region Already Prepping Roads For Nor'easter
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last year’s flu season landed about 381,000 people in the hospital nationwide. That’s the most since at least 2005.
A contributing factor: The flu vaccine was only 51 percent effective overall.
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