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First State Health Officials Confirm Flu Cases in All Three Counties

11/5/2014
According to DelawarePublicMedia, Delaware health officials have confirmed 11 reported influenza cases for the 2014-2015 flu season.
 
Delaware health officials have confirmed 11 reported influenza cases for the 2014-2015 flu season.

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) announced the state’s first confirmed case of Influenza B on October 14. That case involved a 2-year old Sussex County resident.

Influenza B was confirmed in a preschool aged girl from Dover and a preschool aged boy from Newark on October 20. Neither child was hospitalized.

“These cases demonstrate the importance of vaccination for children, their parents and adults of all ages,” said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay. “Children are safest from influenza when surrounded by people who are vaccinated.” DPH urges all Delawareans 6 months of age and older to get a flu shot.

There are two main types of flu virus, influenza types A and B. Both strains have been confirmed in Delaware this season.

During the 2013-2014 flu season, there were 1,842 confirmed cases of influenza in Delaware, with six flu-related deaths. There were 428 hospitalizations due to the flu or flu-associated causes like pneumonia. Read more.