CDC warns of harsh flu season in Connecticut

A sign marks the entrance to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The flu is already in Connecticut, striking early this year and the Center for Disease Control warns of a harsh flu season. Dr. Virginia Bieluch, the Director of infectious disease for the Hospital of Central Connecticut says the vaccines are starting to arrive now and you should take advantage of them.

“So far there has been some local spread of influenza.” said Bieluch.

“It is difficult to predict. It could stay like this for weeks, to month,s or we could have an early flu season. It’s very difficult to predict what the influenza virus is going to do,” said Bieluch.

There are a lot of advances in the flu vaccine this year, new ways to distribute it, new strains, and new ways it’s mixed and manufactured. They also have different doses and different strains depending on your vulnerability. Bieluch says you should check with your healthcare provider to see which flu vaccine is right for you.

“There is a high dose vaccine for the elderly patients. There are some vaccines that have four strains of influenza virus, rather than three types, and there are egg free vaccines,” said Bieluch.

The very young and old are hardest hit by the flu. Doctors say you should always remember to:

  • Get vaccinated
  • Wash your hands
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze

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