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Expert says Colorado flu season could be nearing its peak

By: The Associated Press
January 11, 2018 Updated: January 11, 2018 at 7:44 pm
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In this Jan. 10, 2017 image, Torrey Jewett looks on as her roommate Donnie Cardenas recovers from the flu at the Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, Calif. Cardenas, a San Diego County resident, said he was battling a heavy cough for days before a spike his temperature sent him into the emergency room. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

DENVER — A Colorado doctor says the state's heavy flu season is far from finished, but might be near its peak.

The Denver Post reported Thursday that state epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy says the latest numbers suggest the season could peak sometime this month.

Colorado has had three times its normal number of hospitalizations this flu season. Through last week, about 1,600 people in the state had been hospitalized with the flu.

Experts say a nasty strain of influenza that vaccines have trouble targeting is the cause of widespread flu seasons nationwide.

The flu generally kills a few dozen people in Colorado each year. The state does not track total flu deaths in real time, but Herlihy said no children have died from the flu so far this season.

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