HARTFORD — Four people died of flu-associated causes last week, according to the Department of Public Health, bringing the total for this flu season to 44.

The department’s weekly look at the current flu season, which began August 26, was released Thursday.

The percentage of statewide emergency room visits attributed to flu and fever decreased from 8.4 percent in the week ending March 2 to 7.8 percent for the week ending March 9, DPH officials said.

“Influenza activity appears to have peaked but remains elevated nationally and within Connecticut,” said DPH officials in the update.

Between August 26 and March 9, 2,303 people were admitted to the hospital with confirmed cases of the flu, DPH officials said.

A total of 6,595 influenza cases have been reported in Connecticut during the flu season, including 2,408 in New Haven County, 1,357 in Fairfield County, 400 in Litchfield County and 388 in Middlesex County.

Of the 44 people that have died from flu-associated causes, 27 were 65 or older, 12 were between 50 and 64 years old, four were between 25 and 49 and one was between 5 and 17.

DPH officials noted that those interested can still go get a flu shot.

“There is still time for you and your family to obtain your flu vaccine and take steps to prevent influenza-related illness and hospitalization,” officials said.

william.lambert@hearstmediact.com