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Delaware Confirms First Influenza Case for 2016-2017

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DOVER, Del.- The Delaware Division of Public Health on Thursday announced the state's first laboratory-confirmed case of influenza for the 2016-2017 flu season.

The case involves a 27-year-old Kent County man who was not hospitalized, officials said. There are two main types of influenza (flu) virus - types A and B - that routinely spread in people and are responsible for seasonal flu outbreaks each year. Delaware's first case is an influenza A strain.

DPH made the announcement during the press event portion of a drive-thru flu clinic held in Dover, which served as the official kickoff of its 2016-2017 flu season prevention efforts. The free drive-thru flu clinic was conducted outside of the Blue Hen Corporate Center in Dover.

Following prepared remarks Gov. Jack Markell received his last flu shot as governor, from DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay.  Rattay and Department of Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf also received their flu shots. Markell urged all Delawareans 6 months of age and older to get vaccinated soon if they have not yet done so.

“Getting your annual vaccination is easy and it’s the single most important step every Delawarean should take right now to be prepared for cold and flu season,” Markell said.  “The evidence is clear that the benefits received from the flu shot saves lives, especially among our vulnerable residents, protects our workforce, and reduces costs across our healthcare system.”

The 2016-2017 intramuscular flu vaccine protects against four strains of the influenza virus, which officials said can be unpredictable and deadly. Last flu season, Delaware had 2,064 confirmed flu cases, six of which were fatal.

For more information on influenza prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, call DPH at 800-282-8672 or visit flu.delaware.gov.

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