More Lives Claimed By Flu In Connecticut

According to the latest report from the state Department of Public Health, twenty-three people have died from influenza in Connecticut this winter.

That is six more deaths than were listed in last week’s report.

Most of those victims were over the age of 65.

Each updated report is posted at this address on the department’s web site.

The department says flu activity is high, and widespread in Connecticut.

But the percentage of emergency room visits that were related to the flu declined last week.  The percentage of flu-related doctor’s office visits has declined over the last two weeks.  And the percentage of hospital admissions that were connected to pneumonia has also been declining.

The department says the kind of influenza in circulation typically causes more cases, and more hospitalizations than other strains.  The flu season started early this year.

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