Pa. Health Secretary: Get flu shots now

Tony Romeo
November 04, 2018 - 11:55 pm

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HARRISBURG (KYW Newsradio) -- The calendar has flipped to November, and the clocks have been turned back an hour. That means colder weather is coming, and so is the flu.

Pennsylvania’s Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine says the flu season officially began September 30, and as of last week, there were a minimal number of cases.

But while those cases do not indicate what this year will be like, last year underscores the reason to get a flu shot -- and get it now.

“There are no specific indicators at this time,” Levine said. “Last year was a very severe flu season, really one of the most severe flu seasons that we have seen. In Pennsylvania, we had more than 121,000 cases, we had 256 reported deaths.”

Levine says flu shots are available at pharmacies, walk-in clinics and even many grocery stores.

They are covered by insurance, Medicaid, and CHIP and are often free for the uninsured at state health centers.