Flu cases increase across Colorado

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The flu season typically runs from October through March or April, but this season had a late start.

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, this flu season officially began on October 4 and will run through May 28.

“This is when we’re starting our traditional decline, but now we’re seeing our upswing,” said Phyllis Woods, manager of Infection Prevention for Memorial Hospital University of Colorado Health.

Experts say there’s no reason for the delayed start, but each flu season is different.

Memorial Hospital didn’t see its first flu case until late November.

Colorado saw a total of 705 hospitalizations for influenza-related symptoms.

El Paso County has seen a total of 79 flu cases, 20 of which were diagnosed just this past week.

Memorial officials add it’s a reminder to keep good hygiene and always wash your hands.

“Things like the filling station handle. Look how many people have touched those handles. Like our grocery carts, they’ve gotten into it. They have wipes now, to disinfect. So, anytime you’re touching objects that have been touched by other hands, you have no idea if those hands have been clean hands or dirty hands,” Woods said.

Experts say the flu shot will protect you for the whole season and it’s not too late to get vaccinated if you haven’t already.

“If you’re having fever you should come in and get tested if you haven’t had the vaccine. Fever is always an acute sign of illness, of an infection that could very well be the flu, especially if you have not had the vaccine,” Woods said.

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