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Flu cases in Pennsylvania decrease slightly but doctors still concerned

The number of new flu cases in Pennsylvania has dipped slightly, but the number is still higher than it normally is.And with more than 25,000 recorded in just the past week, doctors say there’s plenty of concern for the weeks to come.”What we’re hoping is the numbers come down. We aren’t saying they’re low,” said Dr. John Goldman, with UPMC.Goldman said flu cases climbed steadily for several weeks but slowed slightly last week.”If the numbers have come down a little, that’s good. It’s better than them going up a lot. But we’re still at very high levels of activity. We still have a couple of holidays coming up where people traditionally gather, crowd into malls, et cetera, and those are good conditions for the flu to spread,” Goldman said.Goldman said immunity to the flu decreased for many Pennsylvanians while many were masked and socially distanced because of COVID-19.He said flu shots remain the best way to keep from getting seriously sick or needing a trip to the hospital.”People who die typically are older, above the age of 65, but often those people get the flu from their kids or their grandkids. So, we really are saying – this year especially – the best protection is to get a flu shot,” Goldman said.Pennsylvania has seen more than 100,000 flu cases so far this season. There have been 20 deaths.

The number of new flu cases in Pennsylvania has dipped slightly, but the number is still higher than it normally is.

And with more than 25,000 recorded in just the past week, doctors say there’s plenty of concern for the weeks to come.

“What we’re hoping is the numbers come down. We aren’t saying they’re low,” said Dr. John Goldman, with UPMC.

Goldman said flu cases climbed steadily for several weeks but slowed slightly last week.

“If the numbers have come down a little, that’s good. It’s better than them going up a lot. But we’re still at very high levels of activity. We still have a couple of holidays coming up where people traditionally gather, crowd into malls, et cetera, and those are good conditions for the flu to spread,” Goldman said.

Goldman said immunity to the flu decreased for many Pennsylvanians while many were masked and socially distanced because of COVID-19.

He said flu shots remain the best way to keep from getting seriously sick or needing a trip to the hospital.

“People who die typically are older, above the age of 65, but often those people get the flu from their kids or their grandkids. So, we really are saying – this year especially – the best protection is to get a flu shot,” Goldman said.

Pennsylvania has seen more than 100,000 flu cases so far this season. There have been 20 deaths.

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