The price of flu an infection all through the Philadelphia area has surged throughout the season, and now the state of Delaware has set a brand new file for the amount of flu circumstances in a single week.
State well being officers reported Monday near 1,000 influenza circumstances between Jan. 28 and Feb. three — particularly, 995 flu circumstances confirmed in a lab. This tops the state’s earlier file by a big margin, which was 671 circumstances of lab-confirmed flu throughout the 2009-2010 winter season.
The week led to 6 flu-related deaths, totaling the state’s fatalities from the sickness to 10 this season. Six of the 10 deaths are reported to be in individuals who did obtain the flu vaccine. For every case, nevertheless, the sufferers — spanning between ages 60 and 93 — had different underlying well being circumstances.
Delaware reported a complete 2,966 flu circumstances for the 2017-2018 winter season. About a 3rd of these circumstances occurred in only one week.
“It is so vital that Delawareans act now to guard themselves and their family members from the flu,” stated DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay in an announcement.
“Given the continuing severity of the flu season, I can not stress strongly sufficient that everybody observe further preventive measures along with getting the flu vaccine.”
Find out extra about Delaware’s extreme flu season and tips on how to stop getting sick (or spreading the sickness) here.