Sister of H1N1 patient urges everyone to get flu shot

4:04 PM, Feb 13, 2014   |    comments
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DENVER - The flu has hit Colorado especially hard this season.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reports 1,393 hospitalizations from the flu this season. Making matters worse, health officials say virtually all of the flu viruses currently circulating in Colorado are the H1N1 virus from 2009. The same is true nationwide.

9Health reporter Dr. John Torres says the H1N1 virus hits people especially hard and its usually not the populations we expect.

"Most of the time, when we talk about the flu, it's the very young, elderly and very sick. With this flu, it tends to be middle age or young adults, who tend to be affected the most," said Dr. Torres.

Trish Beyer's twin sister, Carol, has the H1N1 virus. She did not get a flu shot and right now, she is in ICU at a hospital in Northern California. Trish got her first flu shot after her sister got sick. She's now urging everyone to do the same.

"People should know that this kind of heartbreak happens and it happens over a flu and got and get a shot. Get a shot that doesn't hurt. Your arm might hurt for 6 hours, but better that than laying in an ICU, fighting for your life," Beyer said.

Despite being told several times that her sister wasn't going to make it, Trish says Carol keeps fighting. She's now getting ready to be transferred to a rehab facility. Because Carol has been in a hospital bed for so long, she'll have to learn to walk again.

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