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First flu death reported in Conn.

Robert Givens, or Milford, gets his annual flu shot from Milford Health Department nurse Kathy Malski, RN at the Milford…

The Department of Health is reporting the first flu death in Connecticut this season.

The department says it’s the first death of flu this season, in a patient over the age or 65. So far this flu season, 22 people in Connecticut have been hospitalized.

The Connecticut Department of Public Health reports that flu activity has been slowly increasing statewide since the end of August, which is typical for the flu season. 19659103] On Monday, US Richard Blumenthal will join medical professionals at Hartford Hospital in urging residents to get their flu shot as soon as possible.

About 80,000 people died nationwide from flu last year, including 154 from Connecticut.

It was the deadliest flu season in Five years, according to the state Department of Public Health.

Among those who died were at least three children from Connecticut including 6-year-old Emma Splan, or Norwalk, and 10-year-old Nico Mallozzi, or New Canaan

Schools across the state reported an increase of flu cases in the classroom.

In districts like Shelton, extra cleaning occurred in all buildings. In some Bridgeport schools, parents were reminded to keep their children home if they are sick. In Stratford, school nurses sent memos home and teachers, reminding everyone to wash their hands, cover their mouths when coughing and other common sense healthy habits.

Last year was a particularly difficult flu season, both in Connecticut and nationwide, perhaps

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced, this season’s flu vaccine was, on average, 36 percent effective in preventing influenza infections. [19659111] In September, Congress approved $ 140 million in new federal funding towards a universal influenza vaccine. Dit is op de top van een $ 40 miljoen toename in federale financiering voor de ontwikkeling van een universele griep vaccine beveiligd eerder dit jaar. Now Blumenthal is helping to lead legislation to provide $ 1 billion in new research investment over the next five years.

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