PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — As the flu season winds down, the Pennsylvania Department of Health released studies confirming just how rough this year’s flu season was for the population.READ MORE: Hyram Hill, Son Of Philadelphia Police Officer, Killed In Targeted Shooting In North Philly, Sources Say
In Pennsylvania, a record-breaking 256 people died from the flu between October 2017 and May 2018.
“The flu is a disease that can leave people sick for days, but can also be serious, and even deadly for vulnerable Pennsylvanians,” Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said.READ MORE: Flyers Tie Franchise Record With 12th Straight Loss
Of those deaths, six were children.
There were more than 121,000 reported flu cases in the state during flu season.
January and February were the worst months for the flu, according to the study released by the state’s Health Department. Compared to last season, that was about 50,000 more cases.Gino's Ristorante & Pizzeria Reopens Amid Hepatitis A Investigation That's Linked To 10 Cases, 3 Deaths
The Wolf administration reminds Pennsylvania residents to be diligent and take precautions against the flu and to get vaccinated each year.