Based mostly on laboratory testing, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment stated it believes the state has entered an interval of extra severe influenza exercise. As of Tuesday morning, 572 folks had been hospitalized for the reason that flu season began in early October. Twenty-five p.c of them are over the age of 65, and 26 % are below the age of 18. Primarily based on patterns from previous years, influenza exercise is predicted to proceed to escalate, with peak exercise beginning now and ending in February.
“Colorado and Georgia have been declared by the CDC to be the states presently on the highest flu threat, so among the best issues you’ll be able to in your health as we begin 2019 is to get a flu shot should you haven’t already gotten yours,” mentioned Executive Director of Tri-County Health Department John M. Douglas, Jr. “People who can create a larger danger of creating flu-associated issues embody youngsters youthful than 5, adults 65 and older, pregnant ladies, and other people with medical circumstances or compromised safe methods. These individuals must be handled with medicine when flu signs first start.”
Signs of the flu embody excessive fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nostril, muscle or physique aches, and fatigue. Some individuals might develop expertise nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, however, that is extra frequent in youngsters than adults. Tri-County Health Department gives no-value or low-price flu vaccinations for those on Medicaid or who’s uninsured at quite a few clinics all through Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas Counties.