Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Carl Kanefsky, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Pager 302-357-7498
Date: September 8, 2010
As community providers have begun making flu vaccine available, Delaware's Division of Public Health (DPH) reports two cases of typical seasonal influenza this summer. An individual that was admitted to a New Castle County hospital on Aug. 25 tested positive for influenza A. A Kent County resident also tested positive for influenza A on Sept. 1, but did not require hospitalization. This brings the total number of flu cases in Delaware for the 2009-2010 season to 2,247.
DPH last reported an influenza case April 10, however sporadic cases of flu are not unusual in summer and will likely continue to occur. "Flu seasons can be unpredictable and immunization is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from infection," said Dr. Karyl Rattay, DPH director. Routine vaccination of all persons older than 6 months is recommended. Vaccine, in both the nasal mist and flu shot form, is already being offered in area pharmacies and health care provider offices.
Delawareans are also encouraged to prevent infection by taking simple everyday measures such as washing hands, using hand sanitizers, covering coughs and sneezes and staying at home when sick. These efforts help stop the spread of respiratory illnesses including flu.
For more information on influenza prevention, diagnosis and treatment call the Division of Public Health at 1-800-282-8672 or visit our website: 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.