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Flu cases continue to climb in Colorado; 210 hospitalized so far this year

Posted at 4:30 AM, Nov 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-30 08:50:54-05

DENVER — More people are being hospitalized with the flu this year than this time in the last five years, and doctors in Colorado predicted it would be an active season.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released its latest numbers Wednesday. 

So far, 210 Coloradans have been hospitalized with flu this year. That's compared to 64 people at this time in 2016, the release said. It's the highest rate of hospitalizations compared to the last five flu seasons.

Flu season starts in October and can last through May. The virus affects babies and the elderly the most. 

Doctor Christopher McStay, Chief of Clinical Operations at UCHealth, said if you come down with symptoms to see your doctor right away. 

Anti-viral medication can help reduce the severity of some of the symptoms of the flu, including severe aches and pains.

"It's mostly symptom control. Using medications like ibuprofen, Tylenol, Motrin can be helpful for people that can manage their symptoms," said McStay.

 The state health department recommends people who are sick to stay home, and they encourage you to get your flu shot.