DOH provides final flu season update, discusses unusually low case count

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HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — The Department of Health is providing a final update on the 2020-2021 flu season and will highlight the unusually low case count.

“As we end the flu season this year with fewer than 4,000 cases, I want to emphasize that this is one of the mildest flu seasons on record for Pennsylvania,” Acting Secretary Beam said. “The previous season was higher than usual with more than 130,900 cases of flu. That is a stark difference from where we ended in 2021. The low flu activity, in part, is a testament to effective COVID-19 mitigation efforts that also prevent the flu, since the two infectious diseases spread the same way. In addition, a record number of individuals got their flu vaccine this season.”

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