Flu cases low in southern Colorado but the bug is still lurking

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — We all fear the dreaded nausea, body aches and fatigue as we round the last stretch of flu season. Health officials are happy to report much lower numbers this time around, but beware, that nasty bug is still lurking in southern Colorado.

“In the last week we’ve had a swing upwards, and throughout the state they’ve had the same thing, so they’ve had a dramatic increase and we’ve seen it as well in both A and B,” Leann Megnin, the Infection Preventionist at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center, said.

So far, Pueblo County has had 13 people hospitalized with the flu. Last season, that number was 126. But just because you feel like it’s the flu doesn’t mean it is.

“There’s also flu-like illnesses,” Megnin said. “It’s not necessarily the flu so just knowing they can immolate each other and so getting tested is another thing.”

As for El Paso County, since the end of September, 15 people have been checked into the hospital with the flu. Compare that to last year’s total of 340 for the entire season.

But it’s not too late to get the flu shot. It’s still recommended for everyone six months or older.

“The organisms, they don’t stop at the end of the date,” said Megnin. “We’ve even had to track into May. There’s been cases reported into May on rare occasions, so it’s always a good idea to just protect yourself and try and stay well.”

To prevent yourself from getting the flu, doctors suggest keeping your hands washed, keeping surfaces around your home clean, and avoiding close contact with anyone who might be sick.

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