Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Pager 302-357-7498
Date: October 13, 2011
Delawareans are encouraged to receive a free flu shot at a seasonal flu vaccination clinic held Oct. 14 by Delaware's Division of Public Health (DPH) at the New Castle Farmers' Market at 101 N. DuPont Highway in New Castle. The clinic will offer 1,500 flu shots to children and adults age 9 and older from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Shots will be provided rain or shine. 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.
"We encourage the public to take advantage of this convenient and free opportunity to protect themselves and their loved ones from the flu," said Dr. Karyl Rattay, DPH director. "Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccination each year." The flu hospitalizes more than 200,000 Americans annually, and causes an average of 36,000 deaths.
For DPH staff and Delaware Medical Reserve Corps volunteers, this event also serves as an opportunity to practice a large-scale response which could be needed during a disaster or pandemic in which timely vaccinations or medical treatment to large numbers of people is urgently needed. As a unique challenge, this exercise will be held outdoors and under tents with no supporting utilities. Practicing under these conditions will enable staff to prepare for and meet any challenges that may arise in a real-life scenario.
For more information on flu vaccinations, call the Immunization Hotline at 1-800-282-8672.
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.