Health officials urge flu vaccine for Connecticut residents

The flu shot, not the nasal mist, is first choice for children 6 months and older, pediatrics group says

HARTFORD — Connecticut health officials are urging residents to get a flu vaccination.

The state Department of Public Health says 23 people already had been hospitalized this season with illness that was confirmed to be influenza, as of last week. Two flu-associated deaths have been reported.

During the last flu season, Connecticut saw over 13,000 laboratory-confirmed influenza cases and over 175 flu-associated deaths.

State Health Commissioner Raul Pino said vaccination by nasal spray or injection is the single best way for people to protect themselves and their loved ones.