First flu death confirmed this season in Windsor

Grant Boone
January 10, 2020

There were 1,623 confirmed flu cases reported last week, almost 300 more than were reported two weeks ago.

Flu season started early this year, with confirmed cases of influenza beginning to rise unusually high by October. In Pennsylvania, the flu season usually peaks in January or February.

Widespread flu is being reported at high levels across the Mountain State and in more than 30 other states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No other information was released on the case due to patient privacy.

The virus is showing no sign of slowing down; almost 7,000 new cases were reported in the last week of 2019 in Pennsylvania alone.

The greatest concentration of flu deaths has been in Pierce County, where five deaths have been reported. "In bad seasons like this, the flu often circulates until April", said Dr. John Goldman, an infectious disease specialist with UPMC Pinnacle.

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Influenza A viruses are also known to be more deadly for young children, especially infants who are not routinely immunized until they're at least six months old.

"The vaccine is one of the most important things we all can do for ourselves and/or our children to protect against the flu and/or reduce complications from the flu". "That's why pretty much everyone in healthcare gets it". Symptoms may include rapid onset of fever, chills, cough, sore throat, muscle or body aches, headache, fatigue and vomiting.

Flu shots can be obtained free.

Flu shots are available in the department's Public Health Clinic, 650 Newtown Pike, without an appointment: 9 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday, and 9 6 p.m. Wednesday.

When in doubt of which illness you have, he advised scheduling an appointment with your family doctor or heading to an urgent care.

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