The longest flu season in 10 years has been linked to 40 deaths in New Hampshire, health officials said Thursday.
All the victims were adults, officials said. Last year, 64 adults in the state died from flu-related illnesses.
Health officials said the flu season has been going on for 21 weeks, making it the longest flu season in a decade. They said a new, more aggressive strain of the virus appeared in mid-February that wasn't well-matched to the vaccine.
Officials said the flu is widespread, not just in New Hampshire but across New England.
The latest flu report from the week of April 7-13 shows that 15 people tested positive in New Hampshire, and eight of them had the new strain of the virus.
Officials said the season should be over soon. It usually wraps up by mid-May.
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