Flu dropping in Pennsylvania, state reports

Posted: January 24, 2013

Flu is declining in Pennsylvania, the state Department of Health reported Tuesday.

Flu patterns are difficult to predict, and the state is still recommending vaccination against the virus. It is still considered widespread around the state.

But for nearly every other measure - outpatient visits due to flulike illness, laboratory samples testing positive for the virus, and flu-related hospitalizations and deaths - the week that ended Saturday saw less flu than the previous week.

Emergency room visits for flulike illnesses were down in every region of the state. The exception was outbreaks in long-term care facilities, which rose to 64 from 52.


 

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