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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The flu is still here; it’s not too late for a shot

Thursday, March 5, 2020 by DANIELLE DERRICKSON in Local News

The flu is still hitting the United States.

Locally, the number of confirmed influenza cases in Carbon County has risen since mid-January. At least 538 people in the county have contracted the flu, up from about 300 last month. Cases in Monroe and Schuylkill have also spiked: As of the week of Feb. 22, the Pennsylvania Department of Health tracks 1,773 in the former and 1,831 in the latter.

More than 95,000 cases have been recorded in the state. Earlier this month, that number sat closer to 50,000.

The bad news: The flu has arrived

Thursday, January 17, 2019 by DANIELLE DERRICKSON in Local News

But the good news is you can still get the vaccine

If you’re feeling feverish, your nose is stuffy, your body aches and your throat is sore, it’s not just you.

The flu season is underway, and according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s spreading fast.

Symptoms include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue, and sometimes vomiting or diarrhea.

According to the CDC’s weekly influenza report, high influenza activity levels are widespread across 14 states, including Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.