First flu death reported in Allegheny Co.

First flue-related death in Allegheny County reported.


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Megan Shandel, Assistant Multimedia Manager

PITTSBURGH – The first flu-related death has been reported in Allegheny County. Director of the Allegheny County Health Department Dr. Karen Hacker reported the information of the death.

According to a press release, the deceased was a 90-year-old female resident who had underlying medical conditions.

“The flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu,” said Hacker. “Residents can also take precautions during flu season to limit their exposure.”

At this time last year, flu reports showed 3,533 cases with 316 hospitalizations and eight deaths. Now, the most recent reports in 2019 show 414 cases and 18 hospitalizations have been reported in Allegheny County.

If residents have already not done so, officials encourage them get their flu shot. Other preventatives practices include washing your hands and coughing or sneezing into a shoulder or elbow to not infect others. The Allegheny County Health Department Immunization Clinic offers vaccinations to walk-ins.

Some symptoms that are commonly associated with the flu include fever, sore throat, cough, fatigue and muscles aches. Individuals experiencing these symptoms are urged to contact their health care provider to determine if antiviral medication should be prescribed.