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Flu hospitalizations rise; it’s not too late to get vaccinated PDF Print E-mail
Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

Following a December surge in hospitalizations for influenza, state health officials in Colorado say it’s not too late to get vaccinated. The number of flu hospitalizations this season jumped to 448, compared to 373 at this time last year.

“The surge in hospitalizations due to flu is concerning,” said Dr. Lisa Miller, state epidemiologist at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “We normally see higher flu numbers among the young and elderly, but this year there are more cases among people ages 25 to 64. We encourage anyone who hasn’t been immunized this year to get a flu vaccination now.”

Last year, people ages 25 to 64 accounted for 30 percent of all cases; right now those people make up 57 percent of all cases.

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Holyoke Enterprise January 9, 2014