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Number of Cases Decline, but Flu Remains Widespread in Pennsylvania

March 09, 2017

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s weekly influenza report, the number of flu cases in the state have declined for the third straight week. Despite the downward trend, flu activity remains widespread and is circulating in at least half the state.

Though the flu typically peaks between December and February, significant activity can occur as late as May. Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems remind Pennsylvanians it’s not too late for a flu shot. A number of state and federal efforts are focusing on flu prevention.

HAP continues to encourage Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems to implement universal influenza vaccination initiatives for their employees as part of their comprehensive approach to patient safety. Influenza vaccination keeps health care professionals healthy, protects their families, and likely reduces the risk of transmitting the flu in health care settings.

The most recent Pennsylvania Department of Health annual health care-associated infections report found that among 254 facilities, 60 percent reported employee vaccination rates above 90 percent—a 245 percent increase since the 2011–2012 influenza season.

For more information about influenza vaccination education and outreach efforts, please contact Jennifer Collins, HAP’s director, public affairs.

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