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DHSS Press Release

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Pager 302-357-7498
Email: jill.fredel@delaware.gov

Date: October 21, 2016


WHAT:The Division of Public Health (DPH), in partnership with Bayhealth, will offer free influenza vaccinations to Delawareans age 13 years and older at a drive-thru flu clinic on Oct. 27, 2016 in Dover. 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 their ability to accommodate all people ages 9 and above, including those with access and functional needs. The media are invited for an 11:00 a.m. press conference with Governor Jack Markell who will be receiving his last flu shot as Delaware's Governor.
WHO:The Honorable Jack Markell, Governor Rita Landraf, Secretary, Delaware Health and Social Services Dr. Karyl Rattay, Director, Division of Public Health
WHEN:The press conference begins at 11:00 a.m. The vaccination clinic will run from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., rain or shine. Live broadcast by Eagle 97.7 from 12:30-3:30 p.m.
WHERE:Outside the Blue Hen Corporate Center, 655 S. Bay Rd., Dover, DE 19901. The clinic will be set up in front of the building, at the south end (toward hotel and American Legion). There will be four vehicle lanes, including some for high-occupancy vehicles. In case of rain, the press conference will be held indoors at the WIC offices, which can be accessed at the rear of the building on the north end.
  • Public Health and Bayhealth nurses will administer intramuscular flu vaccine to Delawareans age 13 years and older. The public must remain in their vehicles and receive flu shots through open windows. Pedestrians can also be served. Clients who sign media consent forms may be photographed.
  • Governor Markell will receive his annual flu vaccination at the conclusion of the press conference.
  • Staff will be evaluated on setting up a mobile flu clinic within one hour, collecting hourly and total client vaccination totals, using signs and pathways to direct clients, and ensuring proper cold chain management of flu vaccine. Staff will follow incident command and wear identification vests.


  • Wear sleeveless or short sleeves, as nurses must be able to administer the intramuscular flu vaccine in the upper shoulder.
  • Flu vaccinations at this flu clinic will only be given to Delawareans 13 years and older. For fastest service, complete the Influenza Vaccination Administration Record (VAR) form and bring one form per person with you. Visit www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/fluclinics.html. Greeters will also have VAR forms on hand.
  • People who are ill on the clinic day or have been advised not to receive a flu vaccination 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).
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    • 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, French, various African languages, and Haitian Creole. American Sign Language interpreters will also be available.
  • Only service animals should attend. Leave other pets at home.

To learn about additional vaccination opportunities statewide and near you (including those serving younger children), visit Flu Vaccine Finder at www.flu.gov/flu. and enter your zip code. For more information on influenza prevention, diagnosis and treatment, call DPH at 800-282-8672.


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.