Flu widespread across Pa.
Updated: Monday, December 30 2013, 10:17 AM EST
By: WJAC Web Staff and The Associated Press
HARRISBURG -- Flu season appears to be in full swing in Pennsylvania, with health officials reporting outbreaks in at least half of the regions of the state, including Blair County, the county leading the state with influenza virus reports.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed more than 1,100 cases of influenza between Sept. 29 and Dec. 21, with Blair County leading the state with 79 reported cases.
The PA DOH tracks three types of influenza virus, type A, type B and type U. The flu is usually the worst in January or February, although last year the illness hit the U.S. very hard in early December, officials said.
Across the 10-county 6 News viewing area, confirmed flu cases varied. For a breakdown of the numbers and additional information about the flu, click here.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last year’s flu season put about 381,000 people in the hospital nationwide, the most since 2005. Officials said a possible contributing factor was the flu vaccine being only 51 percent effective.