2022-23 Flu Season
Flu is statewide in Delaware and cases are increasing quickly. Cases of RSV – another respiratory virus that causes trouble breathing, and is especially dangerous to children and infants under age 2 – are also rising. And of course COVID-19 is still out there.
Protect Yourself and your family:
- Get Vaccinated. While there is no vaccine against RSV, there are vaccines for flu and COVID-19. Make sure you are up-to-date and get your flu and COVID-19 vaccines now. You can get them both during the same visit.
- Stay home if sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Wash hands frequently
- Test for COVID-19 if sick, and if that’s negative, consider calling your doctor to see if you need a flu test. If it’s the flu, your doctor may be able to prescribe antivirals to ease your symptoms.
Hospitals are stressed. Know when – and when not – to go to the ER or call 9-1-1:
- Trouble breathing or wheezing that is not well-controlled by asthma medications
- Unusual sleepiness or confusion
- A stiff neck and a fever
- A cut that won’t stop bleeding
- A broken bone
- Tightness in chest or pain
- Elevated blood pressure with other symptoms, such as chest pain or severe headache
- Drug overdose
- A head injury with vomiting, sleepiness, fainting or seizure
- An eye injury
- A serious burn
- At risk of harming themselves or others
DON’T VISIT ED:
- Need a COVID-19 test
- Don’t feel well but can manage symptoms with over-the-counter medications
- Elevated blood pressure without other symptoms
- Runny nose/cough without trouble breathing
- Fever with mild symptoms
- Muscle soreness or backaches
- Minor cuts or scrapes
- Nausea or diarrhea without abdominal pain
Getting the flu vaccine is the first and most important step you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones. The flu vaccine is safe for individuals 6 months and older; free to most Delawareans, even if you do not have insurance. It is very important for groups at higher risk, such as seniors, women who are pregnant, young children, and people with chronic health conditions; and something you should get every year.
Make the time to fight for your health; get the flu vaccine today. To find your flu vaccine, click here to visit the CDC Flu Finder or click the button above to see a list of DPH flu vaccine clinics.
During the 2021-2022 Flu Season in Delaware:
*Per data from Oct. 2021 to June 2022. Data from June through September is not available.
More than 2,700 laboratory-confirmed flu cases were reported.
There were 155 hospitalizations.
3 people died from flu complications.
Learn More About the Flu
2022-2023 Flu Season Toolkit:
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For additional information call 1-800-282-8672, or visit flu.gov. The best source of information about the flu vaccination if is your physician.
Reminder: The flu vaccine can be administered at the same time as a COVID-19 vaccine or booster.
Get More COVID Data
For more data on Delaware COVID cases, testing and outcomes, including demographic breakdowns, go to My Healthy Community