DENVER (CBS4) – Flu cases in Colorado are on the rise after another 221 people were hospitalized with the virus last week, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

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Since October, more than 1,500 Coloradans have had to go to the hospital because of the flu.

Studies show the flu vaccine reduces the risk of getting the virus by up to 60 percent.

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