Flu Update: 27 New Cases Reported This Week (Feb. 17)

27 new influenza cases have been identified in the 11 cities and towns of the Uncas Health District this flu season, according to February 17, 2024, data from the Connecticut Department of Health. This week’s reported numbers bring the flu season total to 576 cases in the district.

Those aged 18-49 years old represent the largest group for positive flu cases, comprising 190 of the total cases reported, followed by 5-17-year-olds with 138 cases.

It is important to note that influenza cases are only reported if there is a hospitalization or if the positive test comes from a minor.

While the recent warm and sunny weather might feel like spring, eastern Connecticut is still very much in the thick of flu season. Flu activity is currently elevated and may continue to stay that way for several weeks.

So, don’t pack away those good habits just yet. Remember to:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially after being in public places or around sick people.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow to prevent spreading germs.
  • Stay home if you’re feeling unwell to avoid making others sick.

And it’s not too late to get your flu shot. Vaccination is the single most effective way to protect yourself and others from the flu. Talk to your doctor today about getting vaccinated – it’s still your best defense against influenza.

Stay safe and healthy!

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