According to a recent article in the CT Post, flu activity in Connecticut has “rapidly increased.” The state Department of Public Health says the death total from the contagious illness is slowly but steadily rising.
As of Dec. 22 — the most recent date for which statistics were available — a total of 527 people had tested positive for the flu in the state of Connecticut. There also have been three flu-associated deaths in the state, and 162 people have been hospitalized for flu.
Even as the season progresses, the state urges residents to protect themselves against the flu.
“Now is still a good time for you and your family to obtain your flu vaccine and take steps to prevent influenza-related illness and hospitalization,” a release from the DPH reads.
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Here are some ways to protect yourself and others from the flu:
- Stay away from people who are sick with the flu.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze – whether or not you have the flu.
- Also, the CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.
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