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Two more flu-related deaths reported in Delaware

Delaware Public Media

State officials say two more people have died from the flu in Delaware, bringing the total number of flu-related deaths this season to four. 

The two most recent deaths were of a 29-year-old man and a 65-year-old woman— both in New Castle County, but with different strains of influenza. 

State public health officials report all four flu-related deaths this season have involved unvaccinated people with underlying medical conditions, 

As of last Saturday, there had been more than 2,400 confirmed cases of influenza in the state— with 141 hospitalizations. Officials note this number reflects only lab-confirmed cases, and that the actual number of flu cases is likely much higher. 

Department of Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay said in a statement that the best protection against the flu is to get vaccinated every year.


Sophia Schmidt is a Delaware native. She comes to Delaware Public Media from NPR’s Weekend Edition in Washington, DC, where she produced arts, politics, science and culture interviews. She previously wrote about education and environment for The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, MA. She graduated from Williams College, where she studied environmental policy and biology, and covered environmental events and local renewable energy for the college paper.
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