HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – Health officials in Connecticut say the first person has died from the flu this season.

The patient was over 65 years old. 

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So far, 22 people have been hospitalized with the flu statewide.

Last year, more than 80,000 people died from the flu across the country, including 154 from Connecticut.

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal held a news conference Monday with medical professionals, urging residents to get their flu shots.

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