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Delaware reports first flu case of new season

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State public health officials announce the state's first case of influenza this season. 

 

Delaware’s first flu case of the 2020-2021 season involves a Kent County child under the age of 5. 

And it comes as Delaware is averaging more than 200 new cases of coronavirus each day. 

The First State saw more than 7,000 laboratory-confirmed cases of the flu last season, with nearly 400 hospitalizations and 11 deaths. 

State health officials still encourage Delawareans over the age of six months to get a flu shot. 

“With the increase in COVID-19 cases we’ve seen over the past few weeks, it is more important than ever to get the flu vaccine if you haven’t already,” said state Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay in a statement. "“The flu vaccine won’t prevent COVID-19, but it is effective at preventing the flu. The flu vaccine decreases the number of people who need to be treated for the flu. This means more health care supplies, resources, and professionals will be available on the front lines to fight the pandemic.”  

A flu clinic schedule can be found on the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services website

Flu vaccines are also available at physician offices, pharmacies and grocery stores. 

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