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Brookfield Faring Well Through Epidemic Flu Season

The latest state health data shows this season has been one of the worst in the last several years, but only a few reported cases in Brookfield.

The flu is still on the rise and as of the most recent reporting period there were 2,456 laboratory-confirmed cases of the flu in Connecticut, the state Department of Health reports.

As of Jan. 12, people visiting hospital emergency departments with flu-like symptoms accounted for more than 11 percent of all emergency department visits.

According to the report, only three Brookfield residents have been diagnosed with the flu this season — three different strains.

There have been 691 reported cases in Fairfield County and just under 2,500 statewide.

The current flu level in Connecticut is higher than the previous two flu seasons, in which the number of people seeking emergency care for their symptoms did not exceed 8 percent.

The percentage of outpatient visits of people with flu-like illnesses also is on the rise and currently accounts for 4.6 percent of all outpatient visits. Data from the previous two seasons indicate the rate of people seeking treatment for the flu or flu-like symptoms did not exceed 2 percent in each year. However, the current level is less than the peak of the 2007-2008 season, which was 9 percent.

Health officials say it is still not late to get a flu shot and announced this week that it would broaden its free flu shot program to all children under age 18, the Hartford Courant reports.

The flu started earlier this season and has persisted at a higher level than previous years, according to the data released Thursday by the state health department.

In its report the health department found that:

  • A total of six flu-related deaths have been reported, all of them were people older than 65.
  • A large increase in persons hospitalized with influenza-associated illness has been reported during the past six weeks.
  • Of the 467 flu-associated hospitalizations reported to date, 84 were identified with Type A (H3N2) influenza, 1 with Type A (2009 H1N1), 345 with Type A (subtype unspecified) influenza, 36 with Type B, and one unknown type influenza.
Steven DeVaux January 22, 2013 at 12:48 AM
What's the story with the lice?
Andrea Valluzzo January 22, 2013 at 08:56 PM
C'mon, only 3 cases in town? Obviously way more people here had the flu and it just wasn't reported. My son had it, we didnt go to the ER or test what variety. just dealt with it for a week.. Not a great report to hook a story on, the #s are way too low across the board I bet. A better source wd have been the school nurses here who could tell you how many kids have been out with flu.
New Englander January 22, 2013 at 09:15 PM
I've never gotten a flu shot and haven't had the flu in years. I think the shots are a scam by the Pharmaceutical industry. Supposedly so many people got the shots this year yet the media keeps telling us there's a "flu epidemic" in the US.

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