Please note, the COVID-19 testing hours at Alstom will be reduced to 8:30-11:30 a.m. on Thursday only to allow workers to switch the site over from COVID testing to flu vaccination.
According to PA Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, a record-setting almost 13,000 people in the state have been diagnosed with influenza, and that is just the number of people who sought medical assistance, were tested for influenza, and had laboratory-confirmed results. According to the average from the last six years, 4,500 flu tests were administered in the first week of November.
The patient was tested for influenza and for COVID-19 as part of a routine process, and followed through with a recommendation to stay home for 10 days. But beyond that, like COVID-19, the flu can be fatal for some.
The health department mentioned the flu vaccine will help keep people out of hospitals and will reduce stress on health care systems.
All vehicle occupants must be wearing a face mask whether they are receiving the vaccine or not.
Dr. Evans said all the signs here suggest Canada will report similar numbers in the end. According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Southern Hemisphere's flu season is from April - September and the Northern Hemisphere's seasons could run from October - May. "We urge everyone in Cumberland County who hasn't received a flu shot yet to get one now, and this event is a great time to do it".
The death rate is following the infection rate. In 2019, more than 800 Australians died of the flu; in 2020, that number to date is 36.
Canada is also pushing the flu vaccine harder than ever, and Canadians are listening.
As long as Canadians are getting the flu shot and following COVID-19 protocols, it looks we won't have much of a flu season.
Alberta shared that 1.14 million people have been vaccinated so far, barely a month after the province offered the shot. In 2019, Alberta vaccinated a total of 1.4 million people throughout the entire flu season.