Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Carl Kanefsky, Communications Director
(302) 540-4979, Pager
Date: February 4, 2010
The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) remains vigilant about H1N1 influenza. The following information includes updates on flu activity, pharmacy locations where H1N1 vaccinations are provided, and the school vaccination schedule for Delaware.
Pharmacies Providing Free H1N1 Vaccine: The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) continues to subsidize the cost of the vaccine so that participating Delaware pharmacies can offer the shot free of charge to anyone 18 years of age or older, an ongoing effort to ensure that Delawareans have easy access to the H1N1 vaccine. Several pharmacies are offering this free vaccine, making access to the needed shots as easy as possible for anyone wishing to be vaccinated. DPH officials urge everyone to get protected, saying that Delawareans cannot become complacent since the threat of an increase in H1N1 cases remains possible.
Pharmacies currently offering free H1N1 shots are:
|Happy Harry's and Walgreens||Most locations statewide||
|Independent Pharmacy||Atlantic Apothecary||Smyrna|
|Saveway Compounding Pharmacy||Newark|
|Sav-On Pharmacy (ACME Markets)||1001 N DuPont Hwy||Dover|
|950 Elkton Rd||Newark|
|460 East Main St||Middletown|
|146 Fox Hunt Dr, Rt 40||Bear|
|Rt 7 & Valley Rd||Hockessin|
|1308 Centerville Rd||Wilmington|
|Rite-Aid Eckerd Pharmacy||Claymont|
|Bayhealth Ambulatory Pharmacy ESI Medical||Dover|
By law, pharmacists in Delaware cannot vaccinate persons younger than 18 years. A list of free H1N1 vaccine locations is kept current on the DPH website, www.flu.delaware.gov
Case Counts:For the period of Jan. 24 through Jan. 30, there were 12 sentinel reports of influenza-like illness from the DPH network of sentinel providers, compared to 27 the previous week. No cases of H1N1 virus were confirmed by the DPH lab, compared to none the previous week. The total number of confirmed H1N1 cases since Oct. 4 is 1972. There were no hospitalizations from H1N1 during the week of Jan. 24 through Jan. 30.
School Vaccinations:The CDC continues to emphasize vaccinating children under the age of 10 with two doses of H1N1 vaccine for the best protection. Second dose clinics through the school vaccination program are being completed now. DPH announces the following H1N1 School Vaccination Program schedule for the week of Feb. 08
|2/10/2010||Albert Einstein (Wilmington)|
|2/10/2010||Christ the Teacher School (Newark)|
|2/11/2010||Wilmington Christian School (Hockessin)|
For additional information about both H1N1 and seasonal vaccines, please see our website at www.flu.delaware.gov
Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.