Flu season still “roughly at the peak” in Centre County

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Pennsylvania is in the middle of a flu epidemic and Centre County has more cases than usual, according to Mount Nittany Medical Center.

75 people have died in Pennsylvania already this winter from influenza and it’s not slowing down. Flu experts are urging you to protect yourself.

As a puppeteer, Adam Swartz in Pine Grove Mills travels to schools throughout Central Pennsylvania.
He washes his puppets and changes clothes when he gets home to keep his kids from getting the germs he might have picked up during the day.

“The boys, they go to one school, and our daughter goes to a completely different school and I’m traveling all over to other schools, so we’ve got lots of different opportunities for germs,” Swartz,said.

Tessa Folino, an RN at Mount Nittany Medical Center says, March is when Flu season typically starts to wind down in the area, but not this year.

“We’re definitely still roughly at the peak of flu activity in our region, it has started to taper off somewhat, but you can always have an increased number of cases after you think that the peak is gone,” Folino said.
There’s  been just more than twelve hundred cases of the flu in Centre County this season, according to the state health department. That’s the second most on record.  Of the sixty seven counties in PA only thirteen have had more flu cases than Centre.
Folino says it’s not too late to get vaccinated. She adds, make sure to wash your hands, use hand sanitizer and a tissue when you sneeze. That’s what Adam teaches his kids.
“We do get out shots regularly, but realize that you know, actually the best protection is keeping things clean,” Swartz, said.
The state health department considered the flu vaccine as particularly effective this season…Preventng 47 percent of the people who got the shot from getting the virus.

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