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Flu Hitting Colorado's Elderly?

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A doctor who tracks flu in the state's nursing homes believes the disease has led to the deaths of several hundred elderly people in the last month.

Doctor Greg Gahm says the flu has been diagnosed in at least 30 of the state's nursing homes. Gahm is a geriatrician at Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver. Two of his 75 elderly patients have died of flu
complications.

Gahm says flu deaths in the elderly is underreported, even by doctors. He says careful tracking of deaths in the elderly would show that several hundred in the last month are attributable in part to the flu.

The Colorado Department of Public Health has confirmed that nine children have died of the flu, but hasn't released any data on elderly flu deaths.


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