Connecticut health officials are reporting that the flu season has peaked; however, flu activity is still widespread.

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“The positive news is that we appear to be past the peak of the flu season.  This however, does not mean the season is done.  We still have several more weeks to go, and I continue to urge people to take precautions to prevent contracting or spreading the flu,” said DPH Commissioner Dr. Pino.

According to the latest weekly 2017-2018 Influenza Season Update for the week ending on February 24,  emergency department visits attributed to the flu are down to 12% from the season’s three peak weeks at or above 14%, which is still well above the baseline level of 5% statewide.

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A total of 2,161 patients have been hospitalized with confirmed cases of flu between August 27, 2017 and February 24, 2018.  A total of 7,177 influenza positive laboratory tests have been reported during this season.

So far this season, 105 deaths have been attributed to the flu (80 associated with influenza A, 25 with influenza B).  Of these deaths, 85 were among patients over the age of 65, 11 were 50-64 years of age, 5 were 25-49 years of age, 1 was between 19-24 years of age, and 3 were aged 18 years.  The current season total of 105 deaths is the highest number since 2009, when all influenza-associated deaths became reportable in Connecticut.