Veterans' home in Conn. hit by flu outbreak

An outbreak of influenza at the state veterans' home in Rocky Hill, Conn., caused 18 veterans to be hospitalized on Monday with six diagnosed with seasonal flu.

The six diagnosed veterans were in stable condition on Monday. While the veterans had previously been vaccinated against influenza, they had not been inoculated against the strain that spread in the home, Associated Press reports.

"We haven't heard anything terrible," Linda Schwartz, the commissioner of state veterans' affairs, said, according to Associated Press. "It's the respiratory kind. Many of our veterans are frail and elderly, so it's very risky."

Veterans and staff received doses of Tamiflu on Monday as a precautionary measure. They will receive two doses every day for two weeks. Many communal and group activities have been cancelled and visitations are limited to prevent the flu from spreading.

"We were lucky that we identified it," Schwartz said, according to Associated Press. "We're doing everything we can and our biggest concern is the people in the health care facility who already have respiratory problems. This is not going to be helpful."

In addition to the 18 transported to the hospital, an additional 22 veterans living in the residential facility have complained of flu-like symptoms. The Rocky Hill home has approximately 475 veterans and 300 staff. Some staff members have also reported flu-like symptoms.