Connecticut Department of Public Health reports first flu death of season

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – The Connecticut Department of Public Health is reporting the first death from the flu this season in the state. 

On Friday, the The Connecticut Department of Public Health reported that a patient over the age of 65 had died from the flu. 

So far this flu season, there have been 22 people hospitalized in Connecticut and flu activity has been slowly increasing in the state since the end of August.

On Monday at 11:15 a.m., Senator Richard Blumenthal will join other medical professionals at Hartford Hospital to urge residents to get their flu shots.

According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu activity was minimal across 49 states, the District of Columbia, and New York City last week.

The agency reports five-point-six percent of deaths during the first week of October were due to pneumonia and influenza.

Last year, over 80,000 nationwide died from the flu, including 154 in Connecticut. 

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