DHSS Press Release
|Date: January 13, 2010
|Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Carl Kanefsky, Communications Director
(302) 540-4979, Pager
NATIONAL INFLUENZA VACCINATION WEEK
Delawareans urged to continue with H1N1 flu vaccinations
In observance of National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) January 10-16, the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) draws attention to the expansion of the 2009 H1N1 flu vaccinations and encourages all Delawareans six months and older who have not yet been vaccinated to protect themselves and their loved ones by getting vaccinated as soon as possible.
NIVW is a national observance highlighting the importance of continuing influenza vaccinations through January and beyond. Flu activity in Delaware has declined in recent weeks, but the flu itself is unpredictable; the timing and severity of a future wave of H1N1 flu is unknown. However, it is known that vaccination is the most important step in protecting ourselves and our loved ones against influenza.
"We have the vaccine and enough of it to vaccinate everyone who would like it," reminds Dr. Karyl Rattay, director of DPH. "We're stressing the importance of vaccination now, before we see another surge in illness and related complications."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that between mid-April and November 14, 2009, 47 million people in the U.S. were infected with the 2009 H1N1 flu, more than 200,000 people were hospitalized and over 9,800 people died. The total number of confirmed H1N1 cases in Delaware since Oct. 4 is 1,972 with six deaths.
Major pharmacy chains in Delaware have already begun to receive H1N1 vaccine under an agreement with the federal government, and DPH is providing vaccines for small pharmacies throughout the state; these vaccines will be available free to anyone over the age of six months who wishes to be vaccinated. Physicians can also provide H1N1 vaccinations. Protect yourself, your family and your community by getting vaccinated. Visit flu.delaware.gov to find out where vaccines are being administered or contact your primary care provider or local pharmacy.
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.