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Flu Cases Rise in Ages 25 to 49

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LEWES, Del. - Just three weeks into the new year, Delaware has been hit hard by the flu virus. According to the Delaware Division of Public Health, there were 259 reported cases.

However, the largest percentage of those were surprisingly not the elderly or infants. The 25 to 49 age group had 87 reported cases.

According to Cape Pharmacy in Lewes' pharmacist Carl June, that age group tends to avoid flu shots more often.

"Usually people 25 to 49 don't get flu shots so that makes them more vulnerable when you have an epidemic," he explained.

Jiaya Capozio is 31, and she said she will not get a flu shot.

"I disagree with the flu shot, I don't get the flu," she said. "Usually I get a common cold, maybe once a year, this year I was twice but I probably haven't gotten sick in 6 years."

June also said the H1N1 virus is becoming more and more common, which may be why people think the flu is unusually bad this year.

"I believe it's just part of the normal human condition, we tend to think that each year is worse than the ones that came before it, but this is normal," he said. "H1N1 is a dangerous variety of the flu so it can make you very sick and that's pretty much the explanation for why so many people are sick this year."

Also, since H1N1, or Swine Flu, is so new, young adults have yet to develop an immunity to it like many elderly people have.

Across the region, including Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C., there have been over 2,000 reported cases of the flu virus. This qualifies as "widespread."

 

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