Widespread flu in 10 states

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DENVER - As you head back to work after the holidays, you may notice a few of your coworkers are missing. They aren't still on vacation. It is just that time of year when people are dropping like flies from the flu and those hard-hitting stomach viruses.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu is widespread in 10 states. Wyoming is Colorado's closest neighbor with widespread activity. Widespread means more than 50 percent of the state is reporting flu activity.

Colorado's flu activity is still classified as regional, meaning there are pockets of the virus.

Also hitting hard this year: A nasty 24-hour stomach bug. 9NEWS health reporter Dr. John Torres says it spreads quickly, especially in large groups, like at parties or from families, who are spending the holidays together. If you or someone you know catches this bug, Dr. John has this advice:

Drink lots of water. If you want sports drinks, dilute half of it with water.
Avoid fatty foods.

Isolate any family members who are sick.

Wash your hands.

Once you start feeling better, Dr. John says follow the B.R.A.T diet. That's bananas, rice, applesauce and toast.

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