Flu now confirmed statewide in Del., Division of Public Health reports

DOVER, Del. – The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) has reported the first lab-confirmed cases of influenza in Kent and Sussex Counties for the 2019-2020 season.

Officials say one case involves a 26-year-old female in Kent County, while the second involves a 7-year-old male in Sussex County. These cases bring the total number of confirmed cases in the state this year to three, with the first confirmed in New Castle County last week.

DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay is urging residents to not delay getting their flu vaccine, as it not only protects themselves from the flu, but also those around them.

During the 2018-2019 flu season, Delaware recorded 6,387 lab-confirmed flu cases, with more than 1,000 Delawareans hospitalized due to the flu. 24 people died from flu complications in the state last year.

For more information on the flu and where you can get vaccinated, click here, or call 1-800-282-8672.

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