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Colorado records 4,650 hospitalized with flu last season

September 27, 2018

DENVER (AP) — Colorado health officials say the last flu season was the worst on record with 4,650 state residents hospitalized because of the viral infection.

The Denver Post reports there were also 183 flu outbreaks in long-term care facilities from October 2017 to late May 2018, the highest number recorded in the state.

Dr. Rachel Herlihy, the state communicable disease epidemiologist, is urging people to get vaccinated this year, saying the flu vaccination helps keep residents out of the hospital and reduces the spread of the disease.

The state Department of Public Health and Environment recommends the flu shot for anyone older than six months. It recommends for people to get vaccinated before the end of October.

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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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