Pa. flu cases decline 97 percent from last year

    Pennsylvania has seen a huge decline in flu cases this year.

    The Patriot-News reports that documented flu cases have dropped by 97 percent compared with this time last year.

    Through late February, 71 flu-related hospitalizations had been reported to the state Department of Health compared to 900 by the same time last year.
    There have been no flu-related deaths in Pennsylvania this year; 47 people had died by this time last year.

    Experts are citing possible reasons including the mild winter, higher vaccination rates and greater knowledge about how to avoid spreading the flu

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