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DHSS Press Release



Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Carl Kanefsky, Communications Director
(302) 255-9047, Pager
Email: carl.kanefsky@state.de.us

Date: February 17, 2011
DHSS-9-2011





FIRST 2010 - 2011 DELAWARE FLU DEATH


Today the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) reports the first flu death of the 2010-2011 flu season, a 78 year-old male from New Castle County. The individual had underlying health conditions and had been hospitalized.

"We are so sorry to hear this sad news," said Dr. Karyl Rattay, DPH director. "We have to forge ahead and continue reminding people how serious the flu can be and to please get vaccinated."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from October 3, 2010 - February 5, 2011, there have been 5,777 laboratory-confirmed influenza associated hospitalizations and 86 laboratory-confirmed influenza associated deaths reported in the U.S. thus far in the season.

Certain groups of people are at higher risk of complications from the H1N1 flu, including people with chronic underlying health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and who are immunosuppressed.

Precautions to help stop the spread of flu include:

Stay informed about the latest developments on the H1N1 flu, by visiting 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.



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.





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