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More flu-related deaths reported in Connecticut

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State officials said 11 more flu deaths have been reported in Connecticut within the last week.

This is being labeled the worst flu season in recent memory and swamping a number of hospitals across Connecticut. 

According to the Department of Public Health, there have now been 32 flu-related deaths. Officials said 23 of them are associated with "flu A" and nine are associated with "flu B."

Of these deaths, 28 were among patients greater than 65 years of age, two were 50-64 years of age, one was between 25 and 49, and one was between 5 and 17, officials said.

In Connecticut, flu activity remains high and widespread, with an increase of hospitalizations and deaths.

A total of 824 people have been hospitalized with confirmed cases of the flu, and 1,911 people have had positive lab tests confirming cases of the flu.

The greatest number of confirmed cases are in Hartford, New Haven, and Fairfield, where they're far outpacing the other counties.

Doctors say the flu shot remains the number one best way to prevent flu, and if you haven't had one, it's not too late.

The Department of Public Health teamed up with health clinics to offer 13 free or very low-cost flu shot clinics this Saturday. For those details, click here

According to the Dept. of Public Health, "national influenza activity continues to be high and remains widespread throughout the continental United States. The CDC recently reported observing the highest percentage (6.3%) of people seeing their healthcare provider for influenza-like-illness (ILI) since the 2009 H1N1 pandemic."

Doctors and public health officials said by going to your doctor as soon as signs appear, they can prescribe medications such as Tamiflu, which can cut down on the severity of the symptoms.

Stay updated with Channel 3 as more information becomes available.

For more information from the Department of Public Health, click here.

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