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Public Health

Nanticoke Health Services is committed to the welfare of the community, its patients, staff and visitors. This page was created to keep our community informed about the latest public health concerns and emergency preparedness. Public health affects everyone and the responsibility for emergency preparedness rests with each individual.

The Emergency Preparedness Plan is designed to maximize human survival and preservation of property, minimize danger, restore normal working conditions, and assure responsive communications within the organization, surrounding neighborhoods, the Town of Seaford, state agencies such as the State Police, the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), and the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA). This plan is fashioned in accordance with the laws, regulations, and policies that govern emergency preparedness and reflects the most current thinking in this area.

Nanticoke, like most hospitals in the United States, have been preparing to protect our patients, employees and community against contagious health conditions. Nanticoke regularly performs emergency preparedness drills with scenarios that include diseases that are spread through body fluids like Ebola.

Learn more about the latest public health concerns below*:

Flu (Influenza)

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.



Nanticoke Immediate Care is now offering seasonal flu shots at all of its locations.

Flu shots are covered by Medicare and most insurances.

Zika Virus

According to the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH): Zika is a disease caused by a virus primarily transmitted through the bite of infected Aedes mosquitoes. Most people who are infected with Zika do not develop symptoms. About one in five people infected with the virus develop the disease and symptoms are geFnerally mild. Anyone who lives or travels in the impacted areas can be infected.

If you are pregnant and have traveled outside the country or believe you may have contracted the Zika virus, please talk to your healthcare provider as soon as possible.

Lyme Disease

According to the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH): Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in the United States with approximately 20,000 new cases reported each year. The Lyme disease bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi, is transmitted to animals and humans through the bite of an infected blacklegged or deer tick.

West Nile Virus

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): West Nile virus (WNV) is most commonly transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. You can reduce your risk of being infected with WNV by using insect repellent and wearing protective clothing to prevent mosquito bites. There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent WNV infection. Fortunately, most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms. About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms.

Sources: The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).

Natural Disasters

Natural disasters can happen any time, anywhere. The resources below can help you know what to expect and prepare in advance to keep you and your family safe in the event of an emergency:


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Doctor’s office, Immediate Care of Emergency Room? When it comes to your health, Nanticoke Health Services is here to help you get the right care in the right place.

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