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Gov. Wolf administration launches annual flu prevention campaign

It's the holiday season, but that also means it is cold and flu season. (File)

Govenor Wolf and his administration are urging Pennsylvanians to get flu vaccinations.

On Thursday, Acting Health Secretary and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine began the annual “Stopping the Flu Starts with YOU” campaign.

“Last flu season, there were 70,800 confirmed cases, with 148 Pennsylvanians dying from flu complications,” Dr. Levine said. “Getting a flu shot is the easiest and most important step that anyone can take to protect themselves and their loved ones from this dangerous virus. This year, we want to make sure everyone is protected, even if you think you are in good health.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says everyone age six months and older should receive a flu vaccine each year, because the virus changes constantly and the vaccine may be updated.

“Vaccination is important to protect not only your health, but the health of those around you who may be at bigger risk of life-threatening complications related to influenza,” Dr. Levine said. “We are especially concerned about the very young, older Pennsylvanians, pregnant women and those with chronic health conditions. Stopping the flu starts with you and me.”

Visit the Department of Health website for more information on the flu and the flu vaccine.

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