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DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware public health officials are reporting the state’s first cases of influenza for the 2017-2018 flu season.

Officials say six people have been diagnosed with the flu this month. Three of the individuals, a 66-year-old man, an 81-year-old woman, and a 73-year-old woman, were hospitalized after contracting the flu, although each had underlying health conditions.

The other cases involve two men, ages 42 and 48, and a 32-year-old woman.

Officials say all the confirmed cases involve type A flu, one of two main flu viruses responsible for seasonal flu outbreaks.

Officials are urging Delawareans to get flu shots.

Last flu season, Delaware reported 4,590 confirmed flu cases, 15 of which were fatal.