Health Department encourages Pa. residents to get flu shots, practice healthy habits as season starts

Oct 09 2019 | 01:08 PM

    Hershey. At an Oct. 8 event at the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, the Department of Health reminded residents that it is time to get their flu vaccine, as flu season officially starts this month and runs until May.

    Dr. Rachel Levine, the state’s secretary of health, encouraged residents to get their flu vaccine before the end of the month and offered important tips to stay healthy during flu season.

    “The flu is serious and can be deadly, which is why it is so important for everyone to take the proper precautions to protect themselves, their loved ones and anyone they meet,” Levine said.

    “Last year, we had more than 122,000 cases statewide and 258 deaths,” she added. “It is imperative that you get your flu vaccine now so you can be protected throughout the flu season. There is no better measure to protect yourself than to get a flu vaccine.”