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Flu has sent more than three times the number of people to the hospital in Colorado than usual

The good news? There have been fewer norovirus outbreaks than normal

Danika Worthington
The Denver Post

Don't forget to wash your hands and cover your coughs as we head into the heaviest of the holidays — flu season is in full force, sending more than three times the number of people to the hospital than usual.

There have been 566 people hospitalized for influenza in Colorado, compared with the 150 cases typically logged by mid-December, state health officials say. Conversely, norovirus outbreaks have been light.

"We're seeing a pretty severe influenza season so far," state epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy said. "We're having roughly three times the usual number of cases at this point in the year."

Although it's difficult to pinpoint what is causing the high numbers, Herlihy said the southern hemisphere had a similarly severe influenza season, which could impact Colorado due to international travel. Additionally, there have been several cases of a strain that's particularly harmful to older adults, who are more likely to be hospitalized.

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