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.