After a bad flu season last year, health officials are urging Pennsylvanians to take precautions.
The number of adults who got the flu vaccine last year was down to only 37 percent. Officials are doing what they can to boost those numbers this year.
“The more people in a family, in a community that get the flu shot, the less the flu will be prevalent in that area,” Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said.
Early into this flu season, Pennsylvania has seen about 200 cases so far, mostly in the Philadelphia region. There’s no way to tell how bad this year will be, but the Health Department isn’t taking chances. It’s using social media and going into communities to try to prevent another bad season.
“We really try to get the word out that the flu vaccine is safe,” Levine said. “You cannot get the flu from the flu vaccine. The flu shot is very safe and very effective.”
All insurance companies cover the flu shot.
Nationwide last year, 172 children died from the flu. About 80 percent of them did not get the vaccine.