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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: September 30, 2016
DHSS-9-2016





MEDIA ADVISORY: DPH HOLDS FIRST 2016 NEW CASTLE COUNTY FLU CLINIC

ATTORNEY GENERAL TO GET FLU SHOT


WHAT: A free flu clinic for Delawareans, with music and incentive card giveaways. The Division of Public Health (DPH) will offer free influenza vaccines to Delawareans age 9 years and older.

The media are invited to an 11:30 a.m. photo opportunity of Attorney General Matt Denn receiving his flu vaccination from DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay. The flu clinic is also being run as a preparedness exercise, so DPH staff can practice their readiness in the event of a large-scale health emergency and test the ability to accommodate all people ages 9 and above, including those with disabilities.
WHO: Dr. Karyl Rattay, Director, Division of Public Health
The Honorable Matt Denn, Attorney General
WHEN: Thursday October 6, 2016
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., rain or shine
WHERE: Outside the Porter State Service Center, 509 W. 8th St., Wilmington, DE 19801
VISUALS:
  • Public Health nurses will administer intramuscular flu vaccine to Delawareans age 9 years and older. Clients who sign media consent forms may be photographed.
  • Attorney General Denn will receive his annual flu vaccination at 11:30 a.m.
  • Music and incentive cards will be given to the first 150 Delawareans who receive their flu vaccinations. The $10 incentive cards are to four local stores that sell groceries.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR PUBLIC:
  • Wear sleeveless or short sleeves, as nurses must be able to administer the intramuscular flu vaccine in the upper shoulder.
  • Flu shots at this flu clinic will be given to Delawareans 9 years and older. For fastest service, complete the Influenza Vaccination Administration Record (VARS) form and bring one form per person with you. The form is available in English and in Spanish at http://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/fluclinics.html.
  • People who are ill on the clinic day or have been advised not to receive a flu shot by their health provider should not participate in this flu clinic. In general, this includes:
    • If you have had a severe reaction after receiving the vaccine in the past.
    • If you have experienced breathing problems or have an allergy to eggs.
    • If you are moderately or severely ill (such as fever).
    • If you have fainted after vaccine.
  • Delawareans with access and functional needs are encouraged to attend and will be accommodated. Bilingual staff will be on site to assist in translations in Spanish.
  • Only service animals should attend. Leave other pets at home.

OTHER FLU CLINICS:
For a full flu clinic schedule, visit www.flu.delaware.gov or call the Delaware Immunization Hotline at 800-282-8672. DPH's seasonal flu shot clinics are intended for Delawareans age nine and older who have no healthcare provider or whose insurance does not cover flu vaccinations.

QUESTIONS: 302-744-4704

A person who is deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind or speech-disabled can call the DPH phone number above by using TTY services. Dial 7-1-1 or 800-232-5460 to type your conversation to a relay operator, who reads your conversation to a hearing person at DPH. The relay operator types the hearing person's spoken words back to the TTY user. To learn more about TTY availability in Delaware, visit http://delawarerelay.com.

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. DPH, a division of DHSS, urges Delawareans to make healthier choices with the 5-2-1 Almost None campaign: eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables each day, have no more than 2 hours of recreational screen time each day (includes TV, computer, gaming), get 1 or more hours of physical activity each day, drink almost no sugary beverages.



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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