COLORADO – The State Department of Public Health and Environment reports the 2017-2018 was the worst flu season on record in Colorado with 4,650 people hospitalized with the virus.
The hospitalizations were recorded from October 1st, 2017 through May 26th, 2018. State health leaders say the record-setting number of illnesses last year should serve as a reminder of how dangerous the flu virus can be and they’re urging everyone over the age of 6 months to get vaccinated now.
State epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy says, “flu vaccination can keep you and others from getting sick, make your illness milder if you do get sick, and help you stay out of the hospital.”
The CDC also released statistics regarding the 2017-2018 flu season this week, revealing 88,000 Americans died due to the virus which is the most deaths recorded in four decades.