“The flu season has officially started in Delaware and we have launched our improved communication and awareness campaign called Fight Flu Delaware.”
Still in the midst of a pandemic with more cases and an increase in the average rate or individuals who are positive for the new coronavirus COVID-19, Delaware officials hope to get a jump in the upcoming flu season combines an already bad situation.
Dr Karil Rataj, director of the public health department, said the campaign would focus on mass efforts to reach out to citizens, with the message that this year it is more important than ever to ensure that people receive their flu vaccinations. .
“Last year, we had more than 7,000 Delaware residents with the flu, nearly 400 were hospitalized and 11 died,” Ratai said. “Every year, when we reach the peak of our flu season, our health systems are maximally depleted. They are full. So, with COVID with us this year, it is extremely important that we all do absolutely everything we can to prevent a bad flu season. us. “
Director of the Delaware Emergency Management Agency AJ Schall explained that the state is witnessing its first reduction in the most depleted PPE stores, as it is currently difficult to find gloves as manufacturers closed in the summer months due to COVID try to to get back to production. And this shortage occurs at a time when the pandemic has developed generally positive trends.
“The dependence and the number of requests coming in is not what we saw in April, May and June. So this shows us that the medical community that responds first and others has a higher level of success, filling in their own orders, “he said. “Still, we want to prepare for the fall, and when we see the jump … In terms of what we have in stock, that doesn’t mean we don’t have those gloves available. These are gloves that are not usually used by the general public, but more by those who react quickly, health professionals and the like. “
The state is also dealing with the recent outbreak of COVID-19 in several long-term care facilities, including the Kentmere Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Wilmington, Cadia Health Care in Silverside and Country Rest Home in Greenwood, according to Rattay.
In each of these places, many residents and employees have recently taken virus tests. The source continues to be investigated, but no one has been opened to personal visits, so he is not an outsider who carries the virus to the facilities. Currently, the lack of PPE is also not a problem, she said, but it shows places that remain vulnerable to the greater threat and must take precautions to protect the overall health of the community.
“We really, really hope and pray we have a very, very, very mild flu season,” Ratai said. “Not just because we need to protect our health care system. But the reality is that if you get one of these infections, you may have an increased susceptibility to get the other. So this double hit can be very problematic for people who get both. or both. “
She stressed that getting a flu vaccine will not prevent you from getting COVID and the symptoms of the two viruses may look very similar, but it will reduce the risk of more serious illness, reduce the potential need for hospitalization, advertising significantly reduces the chance of death due to flu.
Everyone over the age of six months is encouraged to get the flu vaccine, especially those at high risk.
The state is partnering with faith-based healthcare and community partners for their campaign, which will bring community-based flu clinics to the following locations:
Friday, October 2, 2020:
- Gigante Grocery Store, Front Street (Route 14), Milford – 15:00 to 18:00
- Farmers’ Market in the New Castle, road 13, New Castle – from 3 pm to 6 pm
Saturday, October 3, 2020:
- Farmers’ Market of the New Castle, road 13, New Castle – from 10 am to 1 pm
- Westside Family Healthcare, Fox Run Shopping Center, Bear – 10:00 to 13:00
Beebe Healthcare supports the following flu clinics:
- September 29, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Milton CHEER Center, 24855 Broadkill Road, Milton
- October 1, 13:00 – 17:00, Rehoboth Convention Center, 229 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth (for walking and cycling only)
- October 2, 12:00 – 17:00, Crossroads Church, 20684 State Forest Road, Georgetown (crossing only)
- October 3, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Beebe South Coastal, 32750 Roxana Road, Frankford (crossing only)
“We really urge people to get the flu vaccine before the end of October,” Ratay said. “It takes a good two weeks to become protected after you get the flu, so the sooner you can get it, the better.”
For more information, visit flu.delaware.gov.