By: Donna Devita
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First Flu Related Death in Connecticut This Season
Several people in Connecticut have been hospitalized with the virus since late August and One person is confirmed to have died this week from the flu in Connecticut.
On Monday, October 22, 2018 The Department of Public Health said Connecticut had its first flu-related death. According to an article in CT Post, The state Department of Health has reported the first flu death in Connecticut this season. Details, such as where the patient was treated and the exact date they died, were not disclosed, but officials stated that the victim was over the age of 65. To read the full article: https://www.ctpost.com/local/article/First-flu-death-reported-in-Conn-13326002.php
Experts said this isn’t necessarily a harbinger of a nastier than usual flu season, they say it should drive home the message that the flu is dangerous, and people should get vaccinated.
Deaths have risen in 2018
In recent years, flu-related deaths are between 12,000 to 56,000 nationally in one season. This past season, the CDC reports 80,000 flu-related deaths is estimated. Experts state that senior citizens are the most vulnerable for getting the flu, adding many of them don’t get the flu shot. Although the flu vaccine mixture last year may have not been the best fit.