Just one new flu death as season winds down
The flu season in Connecticut continues to drag on, though the latest state statistics report just one new death from the illness.
As of April 28, the state Department of Public Health reports, 11,351 people in Connecticut had tested positive for the flu, up from 11,039 the week before. The state reported that 3,322 had been hospitalized due to the illness, up from 3,245 the previous week.
There had been a total of 147 deaths, an increase of only one death from the week before. However, the number of flu-associated deaths in Connecticut this season is the highest it’s been in roughly five years, and those who have died include three children younger than 18.
The state is hitting a downward slope of a second wave of flu, which started a few weeks back. That was sparked by a sudden spike in flu caused by type B viruses. For much of the season, type A viruses were the prodominant flu viruses circulating in the state.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have revealed that this year’s vaccine was only 25 percent effective against preventing type A H3N2 viruses — which was the most prevalent virus for much of this season — though it was more effective against other strains of flu, and 36 percent effective on average.