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DHSS Press Release



Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Cell 302-357-7498
Email: jill.fredel@state.de.us

Date: November 2, 2011
DHSS-108-2011





FLU SHOTS STILL AVAILABLE STATEWIDE


Delawareans still have ample opportunity to obtain a free flu shot at several Division of Public Health (DPH) seasonal flu vaccination clinics statewide. There is no pre-registration. It takes about two weeks after vaccination to develop an immune response. Getting vaccinated now will offer the greatest protection against flu viruses this season. Vaccinations protect individuals and also those they come into contact with from disease.

"Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccination each year," said Dr. Karyl Rattay, DPH director. "The flu can be serious, it hospitalizes more than 200,000 Americans annually and causes an average of 36,000 deaths. Yet it can be safely and easily prevented by getting vaccinated."

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.

FLU VACCINATION CLINICS:

Nov. 4 Friday 2 p.m.- 6 p.m. New Castle,Farmers Market 101. N. DuPont Highway.
New Castle, DE 19720
Nov. 4,Friday 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Spence's Bazaar 550 S. New St. Dover, DE 19901
Nov. 9 Wed. 2 p.m.- 7 p.m. Carlisle Fire Co. NW Front Street Milford, DE 19963
Nov. 10 Thurs 8 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. Div. of Motor Vehicles Greater Wilmington 2230 Hessler Boulevard
New Castle, DE 19720
Nov. 16 Wed. 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. Blades Fire Co. 200 E. 5th St.
Seaford, DE 19973 - 4520
Nov. 30 Wed. 2 p.m.- 7 p.m. Greenwood Fire Co. 12611 Sussex Highway
Greenwood, DE 19950
Dec. 1 Thurs 5:30 p.m.- 8 p.m. Each One, Teach One. Rosehill Community Center 19 Lambson Lane,
New Castle, DE 19720

For more information on flu vaccinations, call the Immunization Hotline at 1-800-282-8672 or visit dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/dpc/immunize-flu.html



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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