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DPH Confirms First Pediatric Flu Case of Season

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SUSSEX COUNTY, Del.- The Delaware Division of Public Health has confirmed the first case of the flu in a child this 2018-2019 flu season in Sussex County. 

The case involving a 5-year-old, brings the number of recorded flu cases in the state up to six, as of Oct. 5. The other cases involved a 40-year-old male and a 26-year-old female from New Castle County. In Kent County there was a 72-year old female and a 70 and 42-year old males all sick with the flu as well. 

DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay says that now is the time for everyone to get their vaccinations. 

"While the vaccine is recommended for people of all age groups, children are part of a group of individuals who are particularly susceptible to complications from flu illness, and so ensuring they are vaccinated is vitally important.”

According to officials, there were 9,051 flu cases last season. That was the highest number of confirmed cases on record for the state of Delaware. 

DPH is urging all Delawareans six-months or age and older to get vaccinated to prevent the spread of the virus. For more information on the vaccine and clinics you can visit the Public Health website at: https://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/fluclinics.html .

 

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