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DHSS Press Release

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Carl Kanefsky, Communications Director
(302) 540-4979, Pager

Date: October 4, 2010


Gov. Jack Markell will join members of the community to receive a flu shot at a seasonal flu vaccination clinic held by Delaware's Division of Public Health (DPH) on Oct. 7 at Rodney Square in Wilmington. The clinic will offer 1,500 flu shots to children and adults age 9 and older from 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Gov. Markell will arrive at 1 p.m.

"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 vaccine each year." The flu hospitalizes more than 200,000 Americans annually, and causes 36,000 deaths.

This event is co-sponsored by the City of Wilmington and assisted by volunteers from the Delaware Medical Reserve Corps. For DPH staff and 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. No rain date for this event has been scheduled. For more information, 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.