December 01, 2022
The flu has continued its early-season comeback, as public health leaders in Pennsylvania and around the nation urge people to get vaccinated heading into the winter holidays.
In its latest report, the Pennsylvania Department of Health noted that flu activity is higher this year when compared to the same point in the last five flu seasons. Nationally, flu hospitalizations increased about 30 percent in a week.
“The early-season surge is occurring alongside brisk respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) activity that has overwhelmed some children's hospitals,” the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) noted in its update this week. “Also, COVID-19 variants continue to shift, with cases, hospitalizations, and deaths showing small rises.”
Here’s what you need to know:
HAP has published a toolkit that highlights the strain the flu, RSV, and other seasonal illnesses are placing on hospital emergency departments and the importance of COVID-19 and flu vaccinations. The communications toolkit includes key messages, social media assets, and other resources and is available online.
You can make an appointment to receive your COVID-19 vaccine online.
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