Connecticut saw 11 more flu-related deaths over the past week, according to a release from the state Department of Public Health.
The number of flu-related deaths has reached 63 in Connecticut as of Feb. 3, the department said.
From Jan. 28 to Feb. 3, the department saw visits to the statewide emergency department increase by 14.2 percent — the highest weekly flu level observed in the state since the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.
And state Public Health Commissioner Raul Pino said that it’s possible that this year’s flu season has not even hit its pinnacle yet.
“With the peak of flu season potentially still weeks away, it is still not too late to get a flu shot. Several local health departments will be holding flu shot clinics this Saturday, and I strongly urge anyone who hasn’t yet been vaccinated to visit one of the clinics in their area or call their healthcare practitioner in order to get vaccinated,” said DPH Commissioner Raul Pino.
There are currently two strains of the flu plaguing the state — flu A and flu B. Fifty of the cases are associated with flu A and 13 with flu B. Of the deaths around the state, 52 were among patients over the age of 65, six were 50 to 64 years of age, three were 25 to 49 years of age, one was between 19 and 24 years of age and one was between 5 and 17 years of age.
So far, 3,895 influenza positive laboratory tests have been reported this season. Of those, 1,360 patients have been hospitalized.
To combat the outbreak, the state Department of Public Health also announced that several local health departments throughout the state will be holding low/no-cost flu vaccine clinics on Saturday, Feb. 10.
For the current schedule and locations of Saturday flu clinics, go to the department’s website.