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Forty Flu Related Deaths in Pa. This Season

Though Chester County has had 326 cases this season, there have been zero flu related deaths.

The influenza outbreak in the Greater Philadelphia region has claimed its fourth and youngest victim of the flu season.

26-year-old Andrew Pogoda died Jan. 3 at Abington Memorial Hospital, according to WTXF FOX 29 [link goes to video report].

Pogoda suffered from asthma, which complicated doctors' efforts to help him recover from the illness.

Chester County has had 326 confirmed flu cases this season, as of January 12, but zero deaths. Neighboring Montgomery County hasn't been as fortunate: Pogoda was the fourth Montco resident who's died as a result of an infection.

The other three victims of the flu in Montgomery County have been among the elderly. Health officials have recommended that everyone over the age of six months be vaccinated. Montgomery County health officials recently expanded the hours for free vaccination at sites around the county.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported earlier this week that 40 people have died from influenza-related causes in the state so far this flu season.


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