The first flu hospitalizations of the flu season have been reported in El Paso County. Two infants have been hospitalized, according to the El Paso County Department of Health and Environment.
“We expect to see an increase in flu activity throughout the holidays, and encourage everyone to get vaccinated and be conscientious about practicing flu prevention behaviors,” Bernadette Albanese, medical director of the county health department, said in a statement. “These reported hospitalizations serve as a reminder of the seriousness of flu, especially in infants.”
During the 2008-2009 flu season, there were 102 hospitalizations due to flu. El Paso County reported 188 hospitalizations and one infant death during the 2009-2010 H1N1 pandemic.
Very young children and the elderly are at the highest risk of flu-related complications. Pregnant women, health care workers, people living in nursing homes and those who suffer from certain medical conditions like asthma and diabetes also have an increased risk of complications.
The Department of Health and Environment has provided suggestions on getting through the 2010-2011 flu season as healthy as possible.
•Get vaccinated against the flu. Once infants reach 6 months, they can get a vaccination.
•Stay home if you have any symptoms. Symptoms generally include fever, headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat and body aches. Sometimes diarrhea and vomiting can be flu symptoms, but this is more typical in children than adults.
•Wash your hands frequently
•Cough or sneeze into a tissue or sleeve
•Avoid others who are sick
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