Health Experts Concerned About This Year's Flu Season

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email

Health experts are concerned because they are seeing a lot more cases of the flu. They're urging everyone to get vaccinated this year.

So far in El Paso County, 81 people have been hospitalized with the flu. This time last year, 41 people had been hospitalized.

Meanwhile in Pueblo, 30 people have been hospitalized with the flu since November.

Dr. Bill Letson, the Medical Director for El Paso County Public Health, tells 11 News it's hard to know for sure, but he believes that the H1N1 virus is to blame.

"Most of what we're seeing here in El Paso, at the state level, and national level is the pandemic flu virus, the H1N1 that circulated first in 2009, and it's kind of stayed around," said Dr. Letson.

He says another problem is that not as many people are getting vaccinated this year as in years past.

The main message from the health experts is that it's not too late to get the vaccine, and that it is effective.

11 News asked about the possibility of getting the flu, even after being vaccinated. Dr. Letson says that you're still better off to get the vaccine, even if you happen to get sick anyways.

"You still get some effects sometimes in terms of severity. So being vaccinated, even if you get influenza, you might be a whole lot less likely to be put in a hospital," said Dr. Letson.

The experts say that this year's flu season is not showing any signs of slowing down anytime soon.


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