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A child in Delaware has caught the flu.

 

The state’s Division of Public Health reports a five-year-old from Sussex County is the first pediatric flu case in the 2018-2019 season.

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The flu season is now officially underway and the state and area hospitals are holding mass vaccination events.

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There are more indications flu season is getting a head start in the First State this year.

 

The season officially begins September 30th, but Delaware’s Division of Public Health (DPH) says it’s already confirmed four flu cases.

The First State is seeing an early start to flu season.

 

The state Division of Public Health (DPH) reports two lab-confirmed cases of influenza in Delaware, two weeks before flu season officially begins.

The number of confirmed flu cases has dropped significantly in recent weeks, following a four week stretch of record breaking reports for flu in the First State. But the Department of Public Health is reporting three new flu-related deaths, placing the total at 34 for the season.

The Delaware Division of Public Health is reporting two more flu deaths, placing the total at 30 on the season. This breaks the previous record of 28 deaths during the 2014-2015 season.

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The flu season is starting to slow down in the First State, but health officials continue to urge Delawareans to take precautions against the virus.

 

For the fourth straight week, Delaware’s Division of Public Health is announcing a single-week record for flu cases.

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This year’s widespread flu that has affected more than 4,000 Delawareans is also sweeping through First State correctional facilities, prompting staff to suspend visitation for an age group vulnerable to the virus.

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The Delaware Division of Public Health reports the single week record for flu cases was broken again earlier this month with 1,268 laboratory confirmed flu cases in the state for the week ending February 10.

 

That puts the total at 4,235 for the season. There were 4,590 throughout all of last year's flu season.

 

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