9 more state residents died from the flu last week

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The Connecticut Department of Public Health has reported that nine more people have died from the flu, bringing the total of reported deaths in the state this season to 49, which includes one child.

Most of the deceased were older than 65.

Data from 2019/2020 flu seaosn

Around 200 people were hospitalized last week with flu-related symptoms, and more than 1,900 people have been hospitalized this season.

Laboratory tests have determined this season that nearly one-half of the reported flu strains are Type A and the other half are Type B.

So far, this season’s number of reported flu deaths have surpassed the 35 flu deaths recorded during the 2015-2016 season.

“The levels of flu-associated with hospitalization and deaths among these ages, are higher than what they have seen in many years, including the very active 2017/18 season,” said Alan Siniscalchi, Connecticut Department of Public Health.

Health officials said there is still time to get the flu shot.

For this week’s full report from the State Department of Public Health, click here.

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