Delaware officials: Season’s 1st 2 flu cases confirmed

November 1, 2021 GMT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware’s first two cases of influenza of the season have been confirmed, health officials announced Monday.

The Delaware Division of Public Health said in a news release that one is the state’s first pediatric case of the season, a Kent County child under the age of 5 who was hospitalized. The other is a 26-year-old Sussex County woman was not hospitalized. Neither had received the flu vaccine, officials said.

This is a good reminder to get vaccinated against influenza, DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay said in a statement. Hospitals and physicians’ offices are already taxed with COVID-19 cases, and the flu vaccine is one way to help avoid adding more to their burden, Rattay said.

The flu vaccine is recommended for Delawareans 6 months of age and older and can be administered at the same time as the COVID-19 vaccine, officials said.