If you think the flu season is over in Colorado, think again. A different strain is now sickening people, and is expected lurk around for another month or so. As CBS4 Medical Editor Dr Dave Hnida reports, it’s been an extra bad flu, and he has some facts on how flu attacked Colorado this year.
There’s not only the problem of skipping childhood vaccines—there’s also risk from delaying immunizations. Yet a new study shows most doctors are willing to “spread out” vaccinations in order to ease the fears of parents who worry that too many vaccines can harm a child. But as CBS4 Medical Editor Dr. Dave Hnida reports, there’s no evidence to back up those fears.
Forty-four states are still reporting widespread flu activity, including Colorado.
As Colorado witness a record number of hospitalizations due to the flu, the CDC said this season’s vaccination is merely 23 percent effective in preventing the virus.
Cases of influenza in Colorado could be on the decline after there were fewer reported cases of the flu last week than the previous week.
Boulder County is seeing a big increase in flu cases this season.
The latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show influenza is now widespread in 43 states — up from 36 states the previous week. That includes Colorado.
More than 100 patients have been hospitalized with the flu in Larimer County since October, potentially making this flu season the most severe in a decade.
The number of influenza cases in Colorado continues to climb.
One-third of the patients at a veterans nursing home in Grand Junction have the flu, and the facility has been closed to most visitors, officials said Sunday.