HARRISBURG (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The state health department provided and update on flu numbers this season.
The Pennsylvania State Health Department says flu cases are now widespread across Pennsylvania, spiking to over 2,600 cases in 63 of 67 counties as of November 30.
Allegheny County has had 665 confirmed cases in that time frame, by far the highest in the state.
Beaver and Washington Counties follow at 305 and 248 cases, respectively.
Between September 29 and November 30, five Pennsylvanians have died from the flu, all ages 50 and above.
The majority of those are the influenza Type B virus. The state health department is urging everyone to get their flu shots.
In a release, Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said the best way to avoid the flu is to get the flu shot each year and use the flu nasal spray.
“The flu is serious and can be deadly, which is why it is so important for everyone to take the proper precautions to protect themselves, their loved ones and anyone they meet,” said Dr. Levine. “In the last few weeks, we have seen flu cases increase in all state regions. Especially with the upcoming holidays, where many people will be gathering together, I cannot stress enough how important it is for you to get your flu vaccine so can be protected throughout the flu season. There is no better measure to protect yourself than to get a flu vaccine.”