Del. health officials confirm first flu case of season

DOVER, Del. – The Delaware Division of Public Health has announced the state’s first lab-confirmed flu case of the 2020-2021 flu season.

We’re told the case, which also marks Delaware’s first pediatric case of the season, involves a child under the age of 5 from Kent County.

Health officials are reminding Delawareans that it is more important than ever to get the flu shot if you have not already.

“The flu vaccine won’t prevent COVID-19, but it is effective at preventing the flu. The flu vaccine decreases the number of people who need to be treated for the flu. This means more health care supplies, resources, and professionals will be available on the front lines to fight the pandemic. By eliminating the need to visit your provider’s office or be hospitalized for the flu, you help lower the risk of workers on the front lines getting sick,” said Dr. Karyl Rattay, DPH Director.

During the 2019-2020 flu season, Delaware recorded more than 7,000 lab-confirmed flu cases. Nearly 400 Delawareans were hospitalized due to the flu and 11 people died from complications of the flu.

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