Flu in Full Swing in PA
December 30, 2013
HARRISBURG, PA. (WENY) -- The flu is now widespread in the Keystone state. Health officials are reporting outbreaks in at least half the regions.
Between September 29th and December 21st, over one thousand cases were reported. The hardest-hit areas are in western Pennsylvania, led by Allegheny and Blair counties. It's usually the worst in January or February, although last year the illness hit the US hard in December.
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.