Flu shots are recommended.

Delaware's Division of Public Health recently announced flu is confirmed in all three counties with new lab-confirmed cases in New Castle and Sussex counties.

The first New Castle County cases included a 77-year-old woman who was discharged following a hospital stay and a 64-year-old male. No deaths have been reported. The first Sussex case was an infant who is recovering at home. None of the new cases had records that they have received their flu vaccine this season. These cases join two other lab-confirmed cases in Kent County, 27-year-old and 39-year-old men. Neither were hospitalized.

There are two main types of influenza virus - types A and B - that routinely spread in people and are responsible for seasonal flu outbreaks each year. Flu symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches and body aches and fatigue. Some people get complications, including pneumonia, bronchitis and sinus and ear infections. Providers can prescribe antiviral medicines to make the illness milder, hasten recovery and prevent serious complications, hospitalizations and even death. DPH monitors the occurrence of influenza-like illnesses in hospitals, selected long-term care facilities and medical clinics to track flu trends in the state.

In addition to vaccination, Delawareans can prevent the spread of the flu and other respiratory illness with good hygiene: wash hands often with soap and water; use hand sanitizer with 60 percent alcohol; cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or aiming for the inside elbow; and stay six feet away from others who are coughing or sneezing and avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth.

Persons with flu-like illness should stay home from work, school and other gatherings and not return until free of fever, without the use of fever-reducing medications for at least 24 hours.

For more information, call 282-8672 or visit flu.delaware.gov.