Health officials: Not too late to get flu shot


Pennsylvania health officials say they’re seeing increasing numbers of flu cases, and they say it’s not too late to get a shot.

Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said the number of laboratory-confirmed flu cases statewide has reached close to 20,000. Twenty-five flu-related deaths have been reported, including one child death.

“Don’t hesitate; there’s still time,” Levine said in a news release Friday. “The flu vaccine is the best precaution you can take, and it not only helps protect you but also your family members, neighbors, coworkers and anyone you come in contact with.”

Health officials say everyone six months of age and older should get the flu vaccine each year. They say it takes about two weeks for the antibodies from the vaccine to develop protection against infection.

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