Find a nearby flu clinic or vaccination site. Google “CDC flu finder,” enter your ZIP code, and find nearby sites.
The Division of Public Health has found flu cases in all three counties.
“Now is the time to get vaccinated. We understand none of the Delaware cases were immunized, which is not uncommon this early in the season,” said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay. “But vaccination is our most effective weapon against preventing the flu and its severity. Public Health recommends getting a flu vaccine every year.”
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DPH Medical Director Dr. Awe Maduka-Ezeh, an infectious disease specialist, said, “It takes about two weeks after vaccination for your body to develop antibodies protect you from the flu so now is the time to get vaccinated before the busy holiday season begins. The flu vaccine is readily available through medical providers, pharmacies, and some grocery stores.”
Flu symptoms come on suddenly:
fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches and body aches, and fatigue
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 your inside elbow.
· Stay six feet away from others who are coughing or sneezing, and avoid touching your 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 – 100 F (37.8 C), without the use of fever-reducing medications for at least 24 hours.
DPH is hosting public flu clinics, including some with evening hours, at various locations. For more information on flu clinics, influenza prevention, diagnosis and treatment, call DPH at 800-282-8672 or visit flu.delaware.gov.