Colorado Flu Hospitalizations Triple In 2 Weeks


Health officials say the number of people hospitalized because of the flu in Colorado tripled in two weeks.

Colorado Public Radio reports that 748 people were hospitalized as of Jan. 4, up from 263 as of Dec. 21.

At this time last year, 506 hospitalizations were reported.

The Pueblo County Health Department said that they have seen a similar trend. Between September 1 and December 21, nine people hospitalized because of the flu, but in the two weeks that followed, another 28 people were hospitalized. That is nearly three times the number of people who were hospitalized by this time last year.

KKTV also has calls into the El Paso County Health Department about the number of flu hospitalizations in that county, but we have heard back yet.

Colorado is in the middle of one of its worst flu seasons since 2009, and a large number of those ending up in the hospital are young adults who usually aren't as hard hit by the flu. Dr. Lisa Miller of the state health department says it's not too late to get vaccinated.

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