Delaware's deadliest flu season on record

Delaware's deadliest flu season on record

The recent confirmation of two flu-related deaths has brought Delaware's season total to 30, breaking the previous single-season record. This is 20 more than the 13 reported in week 8.

The total number of lab-confirmed cases for the seasons reached 7,071, far-and-away surpassing the previous record of 4,554, set during the 2016-2017 season.

The health department says the Lexington flu death toll increased to 17 after another person died from the virus.

DPH has counted 7,071 laboratory-confirmed flu cases this season, breaking the previous record of 4,554 set past year.

The recently deceased were both over the age of 80, and as with most flu-related deaths this year, had underlying health issues. Because those numbers only reference lab-confirmed cases, officials believe the actual number of cases is much higher.

In addition to vaccines, people can also protect themselves from flu by staying home from work or school if possible, washing their hands, covering their coughs, and to avoid touching their face.

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