Health Dept: 13 RI residents died from flu this season

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – More than a dozen people have died and another 392 have been hospitalized from the flu so far this season, according to the RI Department of Health.

Of the 13 people who have died from the virus this season, most of them were in their eighties and nineties and were impacted by the H3N2 strain in late March, health officials stated. Numerous hospitalizations of patients with the flu have been reported just last week, as a second wave of the illness hit local residents.

This year’s flu vaccine immunizes against both H1N1, which is this season’s dominate strain; as well as H3N2 and Type B, the late season’s strain.

According to the department of health, many of the elderly patients who have died had been vaccinated earlier this season.

More than 500,000 doses of the vaccine were administered in Rhode Island this flu season, which is an 8% increase from two years ago.

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