Flu Season Begins in Pennsylvania as Cases are Reported Locally
Guam News Factor – October 6, 2021
Flu season has officially started in Pennsylvania, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. While the season traditionally begins on October 2nd, some cases have already been reported locally, indicating that the virus is already circulating within the community.
This year, experts have varying predictions for the severity of the flu season. Based on experiences in other parts of the world, some expect it to be bad, highlighting the importance of taking preventive measures to stay healthy.
Health experts recommend getting the flu shot in October, as it provides protection for about three to four months. This vaccine is especially crucial for those in high-risk groups, such as the elderly, young children, and individuals with underlying medical conditions.
In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare providers like St. Luke’s are advising patients to separate the flu and COVID vaccines by several days. This will help avoid any confusion or attributing side effects to the wrong vaccine.
As the flu season progresses, healthcare providers are already starting to see cases. Lehigh Valley Health Network has reported 11 confirmed cases, while St. Luke’s has suspected cases among travelers. It is important to seek medical attention if any flu-like symptoms appear, such as fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, or fatigue.
Children between six months and five years old are especially vulnerable to complications from the flu. It is crucial for parents and caretakers to ensure they receive the flu shot to protect them from potential complications.
In a recent development, an FDA panel has stated that a common decongestant found in many over-the-counter cold medicines does not effectively alleviate flu symptoms. This new information highlights the need for individuals to explore alternative remedies and consult healthcare professionals for appropriate treatment options.
Health officials also emphasize the importance of practicing simple remedies to alleviate flu symptoms, such as gargling with salt water for a sore throat. These remedies can provide temporary relief and contribute to overall wellness during the flu season.
Both the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Health Departments are urging residents to prioritize getting the flu shot this season. Vaccination remains the most effective strategy for protection against the flu, and it is widely available at healthcare facilities and pharmacies.
As flu season progresses, individuals are encouraged to stay informed, practice good hygiene, and take necessary precautions to keep themselves and their communities healthy.
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