Cases of the flu are now widespread in Pennsylvania, according to the state Department of Health.
Since Nov. 30, 2,667 cases have been confirmed, with five deaths statewide, the department said in a news release.
The flu is a contagious disease. It may contain the following symptoms:
- Dry cough
- Sore throat
- Nasal congestion
- Body aches
Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said people should get flu vaccines if they have not done so already.
“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," Levine said.
The flu vaccine can often diminish the severity of symptoms a person might experience if they get the flu, Levine said.
Residents can also cover their mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing, wash their hands during flu season and disinfect commonly touched objects such as door knobs, light switches, and cell phones.