Southern Delaware
Public Health reports first flu death in Delaware

DOVER – Delaware’s Division of Public Health Tuesday reported the first flu death of the 2012-2013 flu season, a 2-month-old girl from New Castle County.

"We are so sorry to hear this sad news," said Dr. Karyl Rattay, DPH director. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. This is an important reminder how serious the flu can be, particularly among vulnerable populations like the very young, people with multiple underlying conditions, and seniors.”

Widespread flu activity has been reported nationwide.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 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 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.

For more information on the flu or where to get vaccinated, call 1-800-282-8672 or visit this web site.