Flu-related deaths rise to 52 in Connecticut

<p>Twenty flu-related deaths were reported during the last week of January, bringing Connecticut's total number of fatalities to 52.</p>

News 12 Staff

Feb 2, 2018, 11:08 AM

Updated 2,299 days ago

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Flu-related deaths rise to 52 in Connecticut
Twenty flu-related deaths were reported during the last week of January, bringing Connecticut's total number of fatalities to 52.
A flu clinic was held Friday at the Government Center in Bridgeport, where health officials continued urging people to get the flu vaccine, even if it's not particularly effective this year.
Most of the deaths reported in the state have been seniors, but they also include a fourth-grader from New Canaan.
One issue is the availability of antivirals like Tamiflu, on which pharmacies are running low. And because of Hurricane Maria, there's also a shortage of saline used to rehydrate flu patients.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that the flu may not even peak for a few more weeks.
The Bridgeport Health Department will be giving out free flu vaccines every Tuesday and Friday through the end of February.


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