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Allegheny County Reports Four Recent Flu Deaths: Where to Get Flu Shots in Cranberry

Pennsylvania is reporting high influenza activity, according to the state health department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Allegheny County certainly isn't immune from the widespead outbreak of influenza reported by the Pennsylvania Health Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Allegheny County Health Department reports four local deaths in the last few weeks have been attributed to the influenza Type A virus. All four deaths have been patients 65 years or older, with the oldest victim 98 years old, according to Dr. Jim Lando, acting director of the department's Office of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

"Influenza does take people each year," he said. "That's why we do recommend that people get vaccinated."

Lando said that between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 2012—the most up-to-date reporting period this flu season—there had been 215 confirmed cases of influenza in the county. During the last week of December, the state health department reports that almost 10 percent of all doctor visits were due to influenza and that 3,193 flu cases were reported statewide.

"We are definitely seeing an increase in influenza-type illnesses," Lando said, noting the cases already are more than are usually reported by late January/early February. "It's a month and a half earlier than we normally see it."

In years when a vaccine shortage is reported, people seem to be more dilgent about being immunized, Lando said. This year, the vaccine is readily available, yet a lot of people have put off being immunized. Generally, it takes about two weeks after getting the vaccine to build up enough antibodies to ward off a bad case of the flu.

"My message to people is that if they haven't been vaccinated, they should do it before the vaccine runs out," Lando said. "It's not too late. If you get the influenza and you've been immunized, you'll have a more mild case. The vast majority of people who are healthy can weather influenza."

But more vulnerable people—the elderly, the frail, those with chronic disease and pregnant women—should be vigilant if symptoms, such as a persistent cough, get worse. Because the flu lowers the body's defenses, people often die of bacterial pneumonia that results from the infection.

Flu shots are available in Cranberry at many locations, including:

  • 20480 Route 19
  • 1050 Cranberry Square Drive
  • Walgreens
  • 1181 Freedom Road
  • Target Pharmacy

To find more flu shot locations in the Cranberry area, click on this link.

The Allegheny County health department  also offers flu shots at its walk-in clinic at 3441 Forbes Avenue in Oakland.

No Appointment necessary:
• Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 9:00a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
• Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Health Department’s walk-in clinic provides flu shots as a covered benefit to people with Medicare Part B who are not in an HMO and may get vaccine from any Medicare-approved provider. 

The charge is $25 for others, including Medicare Part B subscribers in an HMO who are restricted to getting flu shots as a covered benefit only from their primary care provider.

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Judy Aurin January 09, 2013 at 06:02 PM
Both myself and my daughter got the flu over Christmas and New Years, My daughter started Christmas seven days later on New years even I came down with it. I Missed a week of work, with Cough, Cold, Fever Chills, Body Aches and Lethargy I slept for four days. It been 10 days for me now.. feeling better still have a horrific cough and sound like my head is in a can when I speak... and guess what! we both had a flu shot In late October 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So what's the deal, LOL!

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