Fight the Flu



2022-23 Flu Season

The 2022-2023 flu season officially starts on Oct. 2, 2022. However, there is already influenza circulating in our community. 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.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Now that we’re learning to live more freely with COVID-19 more Delawareans are interacting outside the home, people are going to more public events , and fewer people are wearing masks. These things make it easier for the flu to spread.

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 below to see a list of DPH flu vaccine clinics.

Find a Flu Shot Near You


Other Important Things to Know: 

• You can get a flu vaccine and the COVID-19 vaccine or booster during the same visit, but it is recommended you get them in different arms.
• If you are uninsured or underinsured, visit a DPH clinic for a free flu vaccine. Otherwise most insurance plans cover flu vaccines at a provider office or pharmacy. Call ahead to determine any cost to you.
• The U.S. usually looks at Australia’s flu season to see what we may be facing. This year Australia had an active season so we could be in for one as well.
• While getting the flu vaccine may not prevent everyone from getting the flu, it’s highly effective at keeping people out of the hospital and reducing how sick you may get. If you previously were vaccinated and still got sick from the flu – consider that it may have been much worse if you had not gotten vaccinated!

 

 

 

During the 2021-2022 Flu Season in Delaware:

 

More than 2,700 flu cases in 2021-2022

More than 2,700 laboratory-confirmed flu cases were reported.

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There were 155 hospitalizations.

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3 people died from flu complications.

 

 

 

 

 

Learn More About the Flu

 


 

2021-2022 Flu Season Toolkit: (2022-2023 Toolkit coming soon!)

Download, print and share.

 

 

 


 

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