Flu hospitalizations continue to increase in Mesa County

  • Flu hospitalizations in Mesa County continue to increase with 16 new cases reported in a six-day time period.
    • Hospitalizations increased from 75 cases on Jan. 4, 2018 to 91 cases on Jan. 10, 2018.
  • Total cases range in age from one to 96 years with residents older than 65 years being most affected, totaling 70 percent of hospitalized cases.
  • No pediatric deaths due to influenza have been reported so far this season in Mesa County.
  • The best way to protect against influenza is to get immunized.
    • Flu season runs through May, so it isn’t too late to get immunized.
    • Immunization also lessens the severity of symptoms should a person get sick with influenza.
  • Good handwashing and staying home when you’re sick will also help prevent the spread of influenza and other respiratory illnesses.
  • Mesa County Public Health offers influenza immunization to all residents regardless of ability to pay. Call 248-6900 to make an appointment or contact your health care provider.

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