County health department warns flu hospitalizations continue to rise
January 10, 2018
More than 22 people were hospitalized with the flu less than a week into 2018, according to a press release from the Weld Health Department.
In December, 47 people were hospitalized with the influenza virus in Weld County, compared to only eight hospitalizations in December 2016. Statewide, there are more than 1,200 flu-related hospitalizations so far for this flu season. Flu season runs from October 2017 to May 2018, according to the release.
Health department officials recommend a yearly flu vaccine for everyone ages 6 months and older. Mark Wallace, director of the Weld county Department of Public Health and Environment, also recommended people cover their coughs and wash their hands regularly.
Those who catch the flu are advised to stay home to prevent spreading the virus. Eating fruits and vegetables, getting regular physical activities and adequate sleep also are recommended in the release.
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Go to http://www.cdc.gov/flu for more information about the influenza virus.