Seventh H1N1 death reported in Delaware

    A 47 year old man from Kent County is the seventh person in Delaware to die from H1N1 complications.

    A 47 year old man from Kent County is the seventh person in Delaware to die from H1N1 complications.

    The man went into the hospital on February 8, and tested positive for H1N1 on February 19.

    Officials with Delaware’s Division of Public Health report the man had several underlying health conditions.

    “People with chronic underlying health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and those who are immunosuppressed are at higher risk of complications from the H1N1 flu,” said Dr. Karyl Rattay, DPH director. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the man’s family and friends.”

    Delaware’s Division of Public health continues to encourage people to get immunized.  So far DPH has helped administer more than 341,000 doses of the vaccine.

    If you’re over the age of 18 you can get a free H1N1 shot at many pharmacies statewide.  DPH clinics in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex Counties are offering weekday appointments for vaccines between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

    For more on how H1N1 has changed how we interact socially, watch this story from WHYY’s First, Delaware’s TV News Magazine.

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