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Radio Smart Talk for Thursday, January 10:
Headlines about the onset of the flu season are astounding. The mayor of Boston declared a public health emergency because some 700 people came down with the flu already this season. So many were showing up at an Allentown hospital with flu-like symptoms that an emergency triage tent was set up. The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 18 flu-related deaths last week and 22 for this flu season.
The calendar hasn't reached mid-January yet. The Centers for Disease Control says the flu season began earlier this year than it has for at least the past decade.
It's anecdotal but almost everyone you talk to has been or knows someone who has been sick.
Dr. John Goldman, an infectious disease specialist with PinnacleHealth, will appear on Thursday's program to answer questions about this year's flu strain.
We'll ask Dr. Goldman about the symptoms to look for, how to treat the flu, and maybe more importantly, how to avoid becoming ill in the first place. Other questions include how effective are flu shots and who should be getting a shot?
Listen to the program:
Dr. John Goldman from PinnacleHealth talks about how central Pennsylvanians can prevent from getting the flu this season.
Here are some flu prevention tips from the state Department of Health:
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