An increase of flu cases are being reported around the country, here in Connecticut, the state has confirmed more than 1600 cases
So far this season, Connecticut has 1,676 laboratory-confirmed reports of influenza, including three flu-related deaths.
Public health officials are urging people to take steps to prevent the flu.
“We have seen a sharp increase in flu activity over the past few weeks here in Connecticut,” DPH Commissioner Dr. Jewel Mullen said. People should take steps to avoid getting the flu,
including getting vaccinated. Even though the flu is here, it’s still not too late to get vaccinated.”
The three patients who died were all over the age of 65 and all had underlying medical condition, according to a health department spokesperson.
There has been an increase statewide in emergency department visits, outpatient visits and
hospitalizations related to influenza and influenza-like illness, according to state officials.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourage all people over the age of 6
months old to be vaccinated.
Vaccines are encouraged for everyone, health officials said, but especially for high-risk groups, including children from 6 months to 18 years of age, women who will be pregnant
during the flu season, people at least 50 years old, anyone with certain chronic medical
conditions and people who live in nursing homes or long-term care facilities.
This year’s flu vaccine includes three different strains of the flu virus and is a good match to the strains circulating this year, according to health experts.
Whether you get the flu vaccine or not, there are ways you can avoid the flu this year and stay