Delaware’s Division of Public Health (DPH) reports the first flu death of the 2012-2013 flu season, a two-month-old female from New Castle County.
According to the CDC, 2,257 lab-confirmed flu hospitalizations have been reported since Oct. 1, 2012. As of Jan. 5, 20 influenza-associated pediatric deaths had been reported to CDC. The CDC does not track adult influenza deaths.
Delawareans are also encouraged to prevent infection by taking the following measures:
- Wash hands with soap frequently or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers, especially after you cough, sneeze or touch your face.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and dispose of the tissue immediately. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your inner elbow. Droplets from a sneeze can travel up to six feet.
- Stay home when sick and do not return to work until 24 hours after a fever.
Residents who are not yet vaccinated are encouraged to contact their health care provider about getting vaccinated. Anyone age six months and older can get vaccinated for the flu. For more information, call (800) 282-8672 or visit www.flu.delaware.gov