By: KDKA-TV News Staff
HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health says flu activity across the state remains low this season.READ MORE: Motion To Denounce Bans On Transgender Athletes Fails Before Allegheny County Council
“In recent years, flu activity has been widespread across Pennsylvania,” Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said in a release Thursday. “Last season was higher than usual with more than 11,000 cases of flu this time of year. That is a stark difference from where we are in 2021; below 3,000 cases.”READ MORE: Allegheny County Police Investigating Shots Fired In North Versailles
The Department of Health says the 2020-21 flu season is similar to the 2015-16 season when the H1N1 flu virus predominated. There have been 14 flu-related deaths in Pennsylvania so far this season, and there are flu cases in all 67 counties.MORE NEWS: Fatal Police Shooting In Ohio Hospital Caught On Officer Body Camera
Officials say the reason behind the difference is the state’s coronavirus mitigation efforts and a record number of people got a flu shot this season.