Dallas County Flu Deaths This Season Up to 78

Health Department to Offer Free Flu Shots Friday and Saturday

Health Department to Offer Free Flu Shots Friday and Saturday

The Delaware Division of Public Health is reporting two more flu deaths, placing the total at 30 on the season.

"Older adults, individuals with chronic health conditions, pregnant women, young children and infants are more vulnerable to flu illness", said Dr. Christopher Perkins, DCHHS's medical director.

"We've revisited our whole way of handling the flu situation", he told reporters in Sydney.

Officials also explored why this year's vaccine had reduced effectiveness against one particular strain of influenza type A known as H3N2.

"Staying home when you are sick and practicing good health habits, like covering your cough and washing your hands, helps stop the spread of germs and prevents respiratory illnesses like the flu", DCHHS Interim Director Ganesh Shivamaiyer said.

Since September 1, 2017, when the flu season began, there have been 915 lab-confirmed cases of Influenza in Ottawa, which is up from 721 by this time last flu season.

There have been 1,017 lab-confirmed cases so far in Jefferson County, 335 in Lewis County, 808 in St. Lawrence County, 1,074 in Oswego County, and 175 in Franklin County.

It was the lowest number of confirmed cases since the week ending January 20, when 375 cases were confirmed.

The worst flu season since the 2009 Swine Flu pandemic is finally beginning to taper off, according to new reports from the Centers for Disease Control and federal officials, USA Today reports.

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