Three more flu-related deaths have been reported in Delaware, bringing the state's number of flu deaths this season to 26.
According to a recent announcement from the Division of Public Health (DPH), there have 2,196 flu cases confirmed by laboratories this flu season. Even though the state’s number of lab-confirmed flu cases has decreased, flu deaths are not declining.
The DPH encourages the public to protect themselves and their loved ones from the flu as best they can.
"The number of flu-related fatalities keeps growing even as we see a reduction in new lab-confirmed cases," DPH division director Karyl Rattay said. "I cannot emphasize enough the importance of prevention like washing hands and staying home when sick. And, we know that over half of the deaths (60 percent) occurred among people living at home. Checking on elderly or medically vulnerable relatives and neighbors is vital. The flu seen this season can cause a life-threatening illness very quickly in vulnerable people. Starting treatment in ill individuals as soon as possible is critically important."
Health professionals say practical measures of personal hygiene combined with the annual influenza vaccination are the best ways to prevent contracting the flu.