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The flu has spread across all of Delaware. 

For the first time during the 2019-2020 influenza season, the flu has been lab-confirmed across all three counties. 

Following the announcement on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, that an 8-year-old in New Castle County becoming both the state's first pediatric case and first case overall, public health officials on Monday, October 14, announced two more confirmations for the state's two remaining counties. 

“With flu cases confirmed in all three counties, we are urging Delawareans not to delay getting their flu vaccine,” said Division of Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay. “Vaccination is not just about protecting yourself, it's also about protecting your children who are quite vulnerable to effects of the flu, other family members and those with whom you work.” 

A 7-year-old boy in Sussex County and a 26-year-old woman in Kent County were both lab-confirmed to have contracted influenza. With two main strains of the flu this year--A and B--all three cases have been identified as type B. 

Every member of the public over the age of 6 months old is urged to schedule a flu vaccination. Public health officials host flu clinics for those looking to secure a flu shot.