Flu Update: Sharp Rise in Cases Among School-Aged Children (Jan. 13)

269 influenza cases have been identified in the 11 cities and towns of the Uncas Health District this flu season, according to January 13, 2024, data from the Connecticut Department of Health. This week’s reported numbers mark a sharp increase in cases from the reporting period ending January 6, 2024.

A majority of reported cases were among those aged 18-49 and 5-17.

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.

The colder months bring an increased risk of influenza, but getting vaccinated now can safeguard your health. The flu vaccine is essential for protecting individuals from potentially severe complications, especially for high-risk groups like:

  • People 65 and older
  • Individuals with chronic health conditions (heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, asthma)
  • Pregnant women
  • Children under 5
  • Those caring for or living with high-risk individuals

Flu vaccines are safe, effective, and proven to prevent millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations, and thousands of deaths annually.

If you haven’t already, prioritize getting vaccinated, especially if you fall into a high-risk group. It’s not too late to protect yourself and others from the flu’s impact.

Vaccination is a proactive step towards a healthier community. Choose prevention and navigate the winter with greater resilience. Let’s work together to minimize the flu’s impact this season.

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