Northampton, Schuylkill counties seeing flu outbreaks

WIND GAP, Pa. – A flu outbreak in the course of April. It is one thing Pennsylvania hasn’t seen in not less than eight years, in accordance with the state Division of Well being.

Proper now, each Schuylkill and Northampton counties are within the high 5 for essentially the most flu circumstances per capita within the state, with 1,224 and 1,195 per 100,000 residents, respectively.

However you do not have to inform that to the employees at Wind Hole Neighborhood Pharmacy.

“We’ve got extra individuals shopping for chilly meds, extra individuals shopping for the over-the-counter drugs,” mentioned pharmacy technician Kaelie Roberts.

Roberts mentioned it is a rush she’s not used to seeing this late within the yr.

“Not to start with of April. It is often stopped by now,” mentioned Roberts.

The PA Division of Well being mentioned there have been greater than 5,000 new circumstances reported final week, greater than the identical week in any yr courting again to 2014, and this present spike could also be sticking round for some time.

“I would not be shocked if it went on for a number of extra weeks,” mentioned Dr. Jeffrey Jahre, an infectious illness specialist at St. Luke’s College Well being Community.

Dr. Jahre mentioned, after years of pandemic precautions, many individuals merely aren’t as protected.

“Because the starting of COVID, we have had nearly no flu season in any way, and with that in thoughts, that there is actually not that a lot residual immunity that is left,” mentioned Dr. Jahre.

And since the flu hasn’t been as a lot of a problem, Dr. Jahre mentioned many individuals aren’t defending themselves.

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“Lower than 50 p.c of adults have truly taken benefit of getting the influenza vaccine,” mentioned Dr. Jahre.

However he mentioned there’s nonetheless time to get the shot.

“It is not too late to get the vaccine… as a result of there’s a late season it’s nonetheless obtainable,” mentioned Dr. Jahre.

Out there at pharmacies like Wind Hole.

“We’ve got a bunch nonetheless right here. Simply name forward of time to verify we have now it for those who do nonetheless need to get the flu shot in the meanwhile,” mentioned Roberts.