Meanwhile, the number of lab-confirmed flu cases totaled 1, 268 as of January 19, with 224 people hospitalized with flu-like symptoms since the start of the flu season.
In addition, a 41-year-old New Castle County woman with suspected underlying health complications and a 74-year-old Sussex County woman with multiple underlying health conditions died due to complications from the flu.
Four more deaths from flu, including one in Tulsa County, are reported in Oklahoma in the past week.
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"Flu season typically doesn't peak until February or March, so we're certainly seeing lots of flu now and expect to continue to do so", Kelso said. In addition to getting a flu shot, people can help prevent getting or spreading the flu through frequent hand washing and staying home if illness strikes.
"Flu illness is more risky than the common cold for children", the CDC says. But colds usually develop slowly, whereas the flu tends to come on suddenly.
Earlier this month, Queensland health authorities issued an alert because of a surge in summer flu cases - a warning they said was for all Australians because flu cases were being spread as many people travelled on holidays.