Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jay Lynch, Communications Director
(302) 540-4979, Cell
Date: September 22, 2011
Community leadership and involvement are critical to making flu shots available across Delaware and in monitoring flu activity. Everyone should get a flu shot. Lt. Governor Matt Denn gets that point on Sept. 27 when he, Sec. Rita Landgraf of the Department of Health and Human Services and others receive their flu vaccinations from Dr. Karyl Rattay, DPH director, at the second annual kick-off of the flu season on Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. The event, which also recognizes 17 community partners, will be held at the Tatnall Building, Room 112, William Penn St., Dover.
The farmer's markets in New Castle and Newark will receive an award for their continued support of flu clinics by volunteering their premises as the location for these clinics. Fifteen health partners, members of the Influenza Sentinel Physicians Surveillance Network, voluntarily provide critical information on flu activity in the community. This valuable information helps DPH determine if vaccines administered will be effective in preventing the virus strains of the season.
"Building partnership is key to advancing DPH's population-based approach to health," said Dr. Karyl Rattay. "Such collaborative work not only connects us to vulnerable populations we need to reach, but creates an environment that promotes disease prevention."
The following community partners will be honored:
Statewide influenza vaccinations have been scheduled from Oct. 11 - Dec. 1.for Delawareans ages 9 and older without primary care providers, or whose insurance does not cover flu shots. Vaccine virus strains are identical to those from last flu season. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all persons aged 6 months and older receive the flu vaccine unless they have a contraindication. Vaccination as early as possible in the season is encouraged, however it is never too late to get a shot late in the season.
For more information or to determine where to get a flu shot please call 1-800-282-8672 or 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.