Lake County flu clinic rescheduled due to weather

Flu activity becomes widespread in Willmar area

Influenza activity rapidly increased in the last few weeks, health officials say, and is considered widespread here.

Influenza cases have ramped up in the state in recent weeks, health officials say, with 15 CT residents dying so far from seasonal flu.

Three people have died from flu-related deaths this season, according to the Lake County General Health District.

The Commissioner of Public Health warned that there have been 15 flu-related deaths of people 65 and older this season, with that same age group making up the majority of the more than 450 flu hospitalizations.

Australia, which experiences cold weather during Connecticut's summer months and warm weather in Connecticut's winter, had historically high numbers of influenza cases in recent months, more than doubling its average caseload in the last five years.

"It's never too late to get a flu shot", Williams said.

"You should be improving at least within four days", said Dr. Richard Lee, medical director for the health department.

Haggie says there are suggestions that one of the four strains of the virus contained in this year's influenza vaccine is less than ideal.


Health officials say it takes about two weeks following the administration of the vaccine for the recipient to develop protection. It's your best chance of preventing the flu.

Commissioner Raul Pino said "We want to encourage everyone in CT to get vaccinated, it's very important for immune disorders, preexisting conditions, and for people 65 years and older".

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses.

The CDC is warning that all high-risk patients with flu symptoms should be treated with antiviral drugs as soon as possible.

"If you do become unwell with flu or flu-like symptoms, you should stay at home - most cases of flu are likely to be mild and can be managed at home with over-the-counter remedies", she said. Anyone who experiences more severe symptoms such as trouble breathing, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, difficulty eating or drinking, or confusion should contact their health care provider or seek emergency care.

The state is reporting the first pediatric deaths for the 2017-18 flu season.

Some long-term care facilities have issued warnings on the west coast and in central Newfoundland, restricting visitation as a precaution against the flu season.

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