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Pa. Public Health Officials Push For People To Get Flu Vaccine As Cases Rise In The State

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

HARRISBURG (KDKA) -- Public health officials in Pennsylvania are recommending residents to get their flu vaccine as case counts rise across the state.

There have been flu cases discovered in all 67 counties, with both Influenza A and B on the rise.

Sixteen Pennsylvanians have died from the flu since the flu season started in 2021.

"With the growing number of flu cases amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to remind Pennsylvanians to take preventative measures, including getting a flu vaccine to protect themselves, their family and communities from the flu this season," Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson said.

With the Omicron variant's symptoms being somewhat similar to flu symptoms, it's becoming easier to confuse the two viruses.

However, public health officials say that a COVID-19 vaccine regimen will not protect people from the flu and urge them to register for a flu vaccine.

Anyone sick with the flu should stay home and those who may face complications with the virus should seek out treatment options, according to Johnson.

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