Delaware Health Department reports first flu-related death this season; urges vaccinations

DOVER, Delaware (WPVI)– Health officials in Delaware are urging the public to get the flu shot before the end of the year.

The request comes as the state announces its first flu-related death this season.

The patient was a Kent County resident between the ages of 55 and 64 years.

This person has not been vaccinated. No further details about the patient were released.

The Delaware Department of Public Health says getting the annual flu shot for everyone 6 months and older is important to prevent serious illness, hospitalization, and death.

“Influenza started early this season and was very active,” said DPH interim director Dr. Rick Hong. “Your flu shot is a very simple way to help yourself and the entire healthcare system.”

Nearly 277,000 flu shot doses have been administered in the state, the DPH said, but notes that number represents only 28.6% of the population.

To find a flu shot in Delaware, visit flu.delaware.gov and click Find a Flu Shot Near You.

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