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First seasonal flu death reported in Weld County

3:29 PM, Dec 4, 2013   |    comments
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Weld County- A young adult hospitalized in Weld County has died of the H1N1 flu strain, the same strain as the 2009 flu pandemic.

The patient experienced a rapidly deteriorating condition and had no other symptoms or health conditions. 

This death is the first reported during the 2013-14 Colorado flu season. Right now, Weld County has 3 cases of hospitalized influenza, and there are dozens of hospitalizations statewide. 

The Weld County health department is reminding the public to get flu shots.

"The annual flu season has started and a vaccination is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick" said Debbie Drew, Director of Public Health Services for Weld County health department in a news release. "This year's vaccine contains antibodies to protect against the H1N1 strain and two other flu strains. And, it's always a good idea to get vaccinated before the holidays," said Drew.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu season is unpredictable in its severity and the length of the season varies from one year to another. Flu activity most commonly peaks in Colorado in January or February. However, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May.

The health department recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older. 

For more information about the 2013-14 flu, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2013-2014.htm

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