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Eleven Confirmed Flu Cases Reported in Farmington

The latest state health data shows this season has been one of the worst in the last several years.

The flu is still on the rise and as of the most recent reporting period there were 2,456 laboratory-confirmed cases of the flu in Connecticut, the state Department of Health reports.

As of Jan. 12, people visiting hospital emergency departments with flu-like symptoms accounted for more than 11 percent of all emergency department visits.

The most recent report from the state’s health department, which tracks flu cases, indicates that the current level of the flu in Connecticut is higher than the previous two flu seasons, in which the number of people seeking emergency care for their symptoms did not exceed 8 percent.

In Farmington, there have been 11 confirmed flu cases: two cases of Type A (Seasonal H3N2) and nine case of Type A unspecified, though dozens more Farmington residents likely suffered through the flu without being tested. Many parents reported having the flu over Christmas break. 

Flu shots are still available through the Farmington Valley VNA and you can check with CVS in Farmington and in Unionville daily to see when they have the shots available, as well as Ryan Pharmacy/Walgreens.

The percentage of outpatient visits of people with flu-like illnesses also is on the rise and currently accounts for 4.6 percent of all outpatient visits. Data from the previous two seasons indicate the rate of people seeking treatment for the flu or flu-like symptoms did not exceed 2 percent in each year. However, the current level is less than the peak of the 2007-2008 season, which was 9 percent.

The flu started earlier this season and has persisted at a higher level than previous years, according to the data released Thursday by the state health department.

In its report the health department found that:

  • A total of six flu-related deaths have been reported, all of them were people older than 65.
  • A large increase in persons hospitalized with influenza-associated illness has been reported during the past six weeks.
  • Of the 467 flu-associated hospitalizations reported to date, 84 were identified with Type A (H3N2) influenza, 1 with Type A (2009 H1N1), 345 with Type A (subtype unspecified) influenza, 36 with Type B, and one unknown type influenza.
Nancifitz January 19, 2013 at 01:11 PM
This story needs a correction.The headline says 'Eleven confirmed flu cases reported in Farmington' and in the fourth paragraph it says 'In Farmington, there have been no confirmed flu cases'. Which is it?
Deborah Netto January 19, 2013 at 01:57 PM
I wonder if we will ever find out how many people that got the flu shot, ended up getting the FLU?? Doubt it....
Kaitlin Glanzer (Editor) January 19, 2013 at 02:14 PM
Sorry Nancifitz, there were 11 confirmed cases. I corrected it.
Kaitlin Glanzer (Editor) January 19, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Deborah, I'm one. I got the flu shot in September and the flu in December, though I don't think my case is among those confirmed for Farmington. The doctor said getting the flu shot at least lessens the severity but if that's the case, I can't imagine full strength.
Sas January 19, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Or better yet Deb, who used preventive measures to keep the flu at bay. Every person I know of who has been using preventive measures has been cold and flu free for years. Of the personal friends of mine who have gotten the flu shot, all of them have had the flu but like Kaitlin brings up it may have helped lessen the severity of it.
Saul Freedman January 19, 2013 at 08:28 PM
It's totes a government conspiracy Deb!
chris January 20, 2013 at 12:59 PM
Did anyone hear that there were 4 different types of flu and different shots? One type of shot had all 4 in it? Maybe it depends on which shot you received?

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