FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 7, 2020
Department Reminds Pennsylvanians It Is Not Too Late to Get a Flu
Harrisburg, PA – Secretary
of Health Dr. Rachel Levine today reminded Pennsylvanians that it is not
too late to get a flu vaccine, and it is essential to take steps to prevent
the spread of illness, such as frequently washing your hands, and staying
home if you are sick.
“We are continuing to see high
flu numbers across the state, as well as a number of other serious
illnesses,” Dr. Levine said. “In order to prevent disease, and the spread
of disease in Pennsylvania, we want everyone to take steps to protect
themselves and their loved ones. The best way to protect yourself
from the flu is to get your flu shot.”
The Department of Health has
reported nearly 60,000 flu cases as of February 1, 2020, with 40 deaths.
The number of flu cases has continued to increase over the past several
Receiving the flu vaccine is the
best way to protect not only yourself, but anyone you may come into contact
with this flu season. You can obtain your flu vaccine at your doctor’s
office, pharmacy, local walk-in clinic or grocery store.
The flu vaccine can often
diminish the severity of symptoms a person might experience should they
come down with the flu. In addition to the flu shot, the flu nasal spray is
also available this year, and both are recommended to protect yourself against the flu.
Influenza is a contagious
disease, caused by the influenza virus. It attacks the nose, throat and
lungs and may include the following symptoms:
The best way to prevent the flu
is to get vaccinated each year. Everyone 6 months and older should get the
flu vaccine each season. It takes about two weeks for the antibodies from
the vaccine to develop protection against infection.
In addition to getting vaccinated,
Pennsylvanians are encouraged to practice healthy habits like covering your
mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, frequently washing your hands
during flu season and remembering to disinfect commonly touched objects,
such as door knobs, light switches, countertops, cell phones and computers.
If you do become sick with the
flu, it is important to stay home and rest. If you are at risk for
developing serious complications from the flu, or feel extremely ill, you
should see a medical professional immediately.
Additional information on how to
stay healthy and prevent the flu can be found on the Department of Health’s website
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MEDIA CONTACT: Brittany Lauffer,
Health, 717-787-1783 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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