The Division of Public Health recently announced the first Sussex County flu-related death for the 2016-2017 season.
The deceased was a 74-year-old female who was a resident at a long-term care facility.
The Delaware Public Health Laboratory confirmed that she had been diagnosed with influenza A and had multiple underlying health conditions. Her death brings the state total this flu season to three. The three people who died all had underlying health conditions, in addition to being ill with the flu.
DPH is reminding Delawareans that it is not too late to receive this year’s flu vaccine. As of the week ending Feb. 4, Delaware has confirmed 896 cases of the flu for the 2016-17 season, with 199 requiring hospitalization. Of the 896 confirmed cases, 511 have been in New Castle County, 226 in Kent County and 159 in Sussex County.
Flu vaccines are still available at DPH clinics located within the state service centers. A list of locations and times is available at flu.delaware.gov or by calling 800-282-8672.