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Two More Del. Flu Deaths; Flu is Still Here

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A flu shot being administered. A late peak flu season has caused some late flu deaths. (Photo: CBS) A flu shot being administered. A late peak flu season has caused some late flu deaths. (Photo: CBS)
Doctors say getting the flu shot makes sense at any time of year. (Photo: WBOC) Doctors say getting the flu shot makes sense at any time of year. (Photo: WBOC)

DOVER, Del.- With two more flu-related deaths for the 2015-2016 flu season in Delaware, it's becoming apparent that the flu does not go away after peak months.

Flu season begins in October and usually runs through March.

So far this year, three people have died in Delaware from flu-related illnesses, according to a press release from the state's Division of Public Health.

The two new deaths were in New Castle County, according to the release. The department says one was a 58-year-old woman and the other was a 69-year-old male who both had underlying health conditions.

The 2015-2016 flu year continues its pattern of a late peak, meaning a significant increase in cases came late in the traditional flu season.

Currently, there are 1,138 lab-confirmed cases for the current flu season in Delaware. Dr. Jill Rattay of the DPH said there are many cases that go untested.

This year is certainly better than last year's flu numbers. DPH  statistics show that last year there were 2,390 confirmed flu cases with 28 flu-related deaths. Those were record-breaking numbers.

Dr. Sajjad Savud of Bayhealth Occupational Health Center says you can get the flu any time of the year.

"The virus is out in the environment," he said. "And it can be at any time, anywhere. So the best means is to get vaccinated."

He says there is a common misconception that the vaccine can only be given right before or during flu season.

With 70 degree temperatures this week and 50 degrees predicted for next week, the temperature differences are causing people problems. There is also the start of spring which brings pollen and allergy problems.

Savud said people oftentimes confuse cold and allergy symptoms with the flu.

"Cold and allergies usually go hand-in-hand symptom-wise," he said. "I mean you'll have your runny nose, your sneezing, your sore throat."

Savud says the flu comes along with a severe headache and fever that lasts for days. The cold can bring on a mild fever.

The DPH said this year's vaccine is a good match for strands that linger in the community this year.

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