Pennsylvania NEWS

Dept. of Health Releases Flu Season Statistics

The 2017-18 flu season in Pennsylvania was record-setting with more than 121,300 reported cases, resulting in 256 deaths.
“The flu is a disease that can leave people sick for days, but can also be serious, and even deadly for vulnerable Pennsylvanians,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Getting an annual flu vaccine remains the most effective way to protect your health and the health of those around you. In addition, it is essential to wash your hands frequently and protect yourself and loved ones from the flu.”

In Pennsylvania, 256 people died from the flu, the highest recorded number, and 100 more than the 2016-2017 flu season. Six pediatric deaths occurred during the 2017-2018 flu season.

Visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health's website to learn more about this preventable illness.