Flu virus spreading

February 11, 2009 2:33:18 PM PST
Philadelphia health officials said the number of reported flu cases in the city has doubled over the past two weeks and quadrupled over the last four weeks. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's map shows Pennsylvania and New Jersey are reporting "regional" activity. That's a step away from the highest level of "widespread" activity. Delaware is now at that highest level.

City health officials are urging anyone who has not yet gotten a flu shot to do so soon especially if you are at high risk for complications.The shot takes two weeks to take effect.

"That two weeks will now put us at the end of February and...the flu usually runs through March and April," said Jim Lutz of the health department's immunization program.

He said don't let the nice weather fool you. Flu season has not peaked here yet, but it is on its way.

If your doctor doesn't have vaccine, the health department is giving free shots to residents of Philadelphia.

For more information call their hotline at 215-685-6458.

Or visit Philadelphia Dept. of Health

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