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First flu death reported in Conn.

October 22, 2018

The state Department of Health is reporting the first death by complications of the flu.

The department says it’s the first death from flu this season, in a patient over the age of 65. So far this flu season, 22 people in Connecticut have been hospitalized.

The Connecticut Department of Public Health reports that flu activity has been slowly increasing statewide since the end of August, which is typical for the flu season.

Over 80,000 people died nationwide from flu last year, including 154 from Connecticut.

It was the deadliest flu season in five years, according to the state Department of Public Health.

Among those who died were at least three children from Connecticut including 6-year-old Emma Splan, of Norwalk, and 10-year-old Nico Mallozzi, of New Canaan.

On Monday, U.S. Richard Blumenthal will join medical professionals at Hartford Hospital in urging residents to get their flu shot as soon as possible.