Officials of the health department in Connecticut have confirmed the first death due to flu this season. The State Department of Public Health reported the death on Friday. They said that the patient was aged more than 65 years. In this season, so far 22 people in Connecticut have got hospitalized for complications related to flu. The Department of Public Health said that flu activity has increased slowly all over the State since the end of August. According to the officials of the Department, the trend is quite typical for the start of the season. In the time period between 26th August and 13th October, a total of 41patients have tested positive for the flu. The estimates of The Center for Disease Control and Prevention suggest that in recent years, deaths due to flu range from about 12,000 to 56,000. 56,000 deaths occurred during the worst year. The officials do not have exact counts of the deaths due to flu every year. They make use of statistical models, which are revised periodically to make the estimates.
On Monday, Senator Richard Blumenthal scheduled a news conference at Hartford Hospital on Monday. He wanted to discuss the importance of taking a Universal Flu Shot. He said that he has always called for an increase in the federal investment towards the development of Universal Flu Vaccine. Congress very recently approved $140 million in new federal funding towards this flu vaccine. This is in addition to an increase of $40 million in federal funding for development of a universal flu vaccine secured earlier in the year.
Richard Blumenthal said that he is assisting to lead legislation for providing $1 billion in fresh research investment over the period of next five years. More than 80,000 people have lost their lives all over America from complications related to flu. Out of these, 154 deaths took place in Connecticut. The first death that occurred out of flu, during this season was that of a child in Florida. The news conference of Blumenthal is scheduled to be held at 11:15 am in Hartford.