- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 14, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Allegheny County Health Department says seven people have now died from the flu in the Pittsburgh area, but all were at least 55 and had other health problems.

Still, officials say this is one of the worst flu seasons in recent memory. Some 500 people have been hospitalized because of the flu, up from about 300 last flu season.

Those who have died are men and women and have ranged in age from 55 to 100.

Kristen Mertz, a medical epidemiologist with the health department says, “Unfortunately, we are expecting more deaths.”

Health officials are still recommending that people get vaccinated and otherwise use common-sense methods, like washing their hands more frequently, to avoid the virus.

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