Flu hospitalizations up this year in Boulder, Weld counties

Flu hospitalizations up this year in Boulder, Weld counties

Jan 11 2018

Hospitalizations resulting from influenza since the start of the flu season in October have more than doubled in Boulder County compared to this time last year, and the virus has caused increased hospitalizations in Weld County, too.

By the end of January 2017, just 55 flu hospitalizations had occurred in Boulder County during last year's flu season, which starts in October and ends in May each year, while 115 hospitalizations already have occurred in the county this season, according to Boulder County Public Health spokeswoman Chana Goussetis.

Weld County's Department of Public Health and Environment issued a news release Wednesday warning of the number of serious flu cases rising as compared to last year, and urged residents to employ the typical safeguards against getting sick.

A total of 78 flu hospitalizations due the flu already have occurred in Weld County since October, with 47 people hospitalized in December alone, the release said. In December 2016, only 27 people were hospitalized with the flu.

No pediatric flu-associated deaths have been reported in Colorado so far this season, the release said.

Source: Longmont Times-Call