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. 

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.

More: Doctors Urging Vaccines As First Child Dies From Flu

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

Click here for more information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.